Mineral Monday: Giant Sloth Tracks

The Keck Museum houses the only public collection of fossils found at the Carson City trackway.

The paramylodon harlani fossils were found in Carson City, Nevada at the Carson City trackway.

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2/5/2018 | By: Jennifer Sande |

The College of Science weekly video series, Mineral Monday, explores the many minerals, fossils and historical objects on display at the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum as told by curator Garrett Barmore. This week's episode explores a series of specimens in the Museum's paleontology collection: a set of giant sloth tracks.

giant sloth fossils close-up

The giant harlan ground sloth could weigh over 3,000 pounds and grow as tall as 10 feet.

Museum display at the top of stairs

The mezzanine level of the Keck Museum displays the paleontology and mining history collections, including the giant sloth tracks.

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Located in the Mackay School of Mines building at the University of Nevada, Reno, the W.M. Keck Earth Science and Mineral Engineering Museum is open to the public Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first Saturday of the month from 12 p.m. - 4 p.m.

The Keck Museum houses an outstanding collection of minerals, ores, fossil specimens and photographs, in addition to mining related relics. The museum is also home to some of the spectacular Mackay Silver Collection, created by Tiffany & Co., for John Mackay and completed in 1878.

The first 25 visitors to mention this episode will receive a Mineral Monday: Giant Sloth Tracks button! For directions and museum details, visit unr.edu/keck

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See you next MIneral Monday!

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