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CASPER — A fossil of a mammoth, which lived sometime between 10,000 and 2 million years ago, is being unearthed 40 miles north of here.

"They're not very common in Wyoming," said Kent Sundell, head of Casper College's geology department. "And these bones are beautiful. There are no cracks in them — they're just perfect."

The fossil has been named Dee, after Dee Zimmerschied, the bulldozer operator who found it while working on a drilling rig site.

The mammoth had a body weight of about 18,000 pounds and would have been about three times bigger than a large African elephant.

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