Dr. Jim Mead (left, holding a shovel) is from The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota, and was in Hills Wednesday morning, Aug. 7, helping the Chapman family with fossils unearthed this spring. Doug Chapman (far left, in the skid loader), Mead, Chapman grandchildren Eli and Blake and daughter Stephanie of Brandon helped excavate mammoth tusks and bison bones found in Doug and Deanna Chapman’s backyard.

Hills Backyard becomes site for paleontologist fossil dig

Dr. Jim Mead of The Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, South Dakota, visited Hills last week, examining mammoth tusks and primitive bison bones uncovered behind Doug and Deanna Chapman’s home.

Doug Chapman uncovered one tusk this spring as he was removing a grove of ash trees and leveling the ground for a larger backyard.

“I didn’t want to destroy it,” Chapman said.


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