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Near Whitehall in Jefferson County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

A New World: Tertiary Mammals

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 12, 2019
1. A New World: Tertiary Mammals Marker
Inscription.  Between the time dinosaurs went went extinct 65 million years ago, and the beginning of the Ice Age, some 2 million years ago, is a time called the Age of Mammals. During this period of time the western third of Montana experienced a variety of geological activities, some of which raised mountains and lowered valleys. The valleys became the homes of a wide variety of interesting and bizarre animals. Many of these have since gone extinct or today live in much warmer climates. During the early part of this period, about 35 million years ago, Montana was home to animals like the double-horned rhinoceros-like brontotheres, and primitive little three-toed horse, camels, and deer. In the later part of the period, 20 million years ago, the valleys hosted bizarre-looking ancestors of our modern elephants, camels, deer and pigs. These included elephants with shovel-like tusks, deer-like animals with forked horns over their noses, and pigs the size of hippos. Montana was such and subtropical. The extinction of these groups of animals would coincide with the coming of the Ice Age, and the arrival of humans less than 50,000 years ago.
 
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A New World: Tertiary Mammals Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 12, 2019
2. A New World: Tertiary Mammals Marker
Montana Department of Transportation.
 
Location. 45° 48.627′ N, 112° 10.12′ W. Marker is near Whitehall, Montana, in Jefferson County. Marker is on State Highway 55 near Hanson Lane, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 615 Montana Highway 55, Whitehall MT 59759, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 3 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Great Divide Trophy (approx. 10 miles away); Rope Drive Compressor Wheels (approx. 10.1 miles away); Sheave Wheels from the Speculator Mine (approx. 10.1 miles away).
 
Categories. Paleontology
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on October 26, 2019. This page originally submitted on October 26, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 45 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 26, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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