We have some talented volunteers creating replicas of mammoth bones excavated from the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site.

What is/are the purpose(s) of the bone replicas?
Bone replicas are primarily made for the Education Team to share with school age children for a hands-on experience while learning about Columbian mammoths, Ice Age Floods, paleoenvironments, etc. Adults are interested as well.

Where are the bone replicas made?
The bones are created in our headquarters building (the Dig House) at the Coyote Canyon Mammoth Site.

Who makes the bone replicas?
Long time volunteer Neil Mara heads up our bone reproduction operation. He reproduces the plastic bones and volunteer artists Lori Lotze and Jill Steele apply the paint to make the bone replicas appear to be real.

How are the bone replicas made?
Bone replicas are produced thanks to a grant from the Three Rivers Community Foundation to buy two 3D printers, and to Kadlec Regional Medical Center for CT scanning many of our bones in order to provide the data necessary to print the bones. The bone replicas are 3-D printed in the Dig House and colored by our super volunteers.

Is there a “Bone Replica Team” that handles the fabrication and painting of the replicas?
Yes. Anyone interested in helping with bone replica creation should contact our Volunteer Coordinator.

Three of our replicas are now on long term loan to the East Benton County Historical Museum in Kennewick, Washington and are featured in their new "Ice Age" exhibit.

The plastic materials for bone reproduction were initially provided using the Three Rivers Community Foundation grant, but are now supplied by the MCBONES budget.

Funding for MCBONES is primarily by donations from the public along with some local grants. Thank you to all who have given to this project.

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(All photos courtesy of Nina Everitt.)

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Jill Steele applies paint in the Bone Lab to make the plastic replica appear realistic.

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A work in progress.
The real bone vertebra (left) and a partly painted plastic replica (right).

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Here are both sides of a real rib and its plastic replica, as painted by Lori Lotze.
Can you tell which is real?