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Uncovering the past: Researchers create 3D images of fossils

August 8, 2022

Idaho National Laboratory is perhaps best known for innovative research that helps shape the clean energy economies of today and tomorrow – and for good reason. But while much of the laboratory’s work is focused on building a sustainable future,...

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Way Out West: Museum of Idaho enters a new era with expanded...

January 19, 2021

An artist’s rendition of what the Snake River Plain might have looked like 13,000 to 15,000 years ago, at the end of the last ice age, when woolly mammoths, giant bison and other species roamed the region. Some of the...

INL archaeologist helps STEM student with senior project

April 3, 2018

As an archaeologist for Idaho National Laboratory, Marie Holmer spends a lot of time with a portable precision-calibrated X-ray fluorescence machine, examining and analyzing obsidian sources and artifacts from the Snake River Plain. It’s interesting, exciting and meaningful, and a...

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Unraveling a mammoth-sized mystery

July 3, 2017

In North America, most archaeologists believe that the extinction of mammoths occurred earlier than the first appearance of Folsom spear points (distinctive knife-like tools made from chipped stone). In fact, some scientists think that mammoth died off hundreds of years...

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Unique obsidian geochemical signatures provide a scientific lens to the past

April 26, 2017

It’s surprising how much information you can get from a rock. For example, obsidian originating in southeast Idaho has been found in the form of artifacts as far away as Texas and the Mississippi River — providing clues about Native...

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Search dogs aid in the hunt for pioneer remains on Idaho site

August 4, 2016

“July 26th This morning at half past three o’clock Father breathed his last on earth. He was taken very bad in the night while crossing the desert, and kept getting worse until he died. He did not talk only to...

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Family visits bomber crash site found by INL historians

January 7, 2016

Veterans Day came early for Nancy Gavalis of Bristol, N.H., who on Nov. 9 was able to stand at the place on the Idaho sage desert where her father, Sgt. George H. Pearce, Jr., lost his life almost 72 years...

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