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The Quaternary in Kentucky, US

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Paleontology and geology

Glacial deposits from the Early Quaternary (Pleistocene) Ice Ages (not shown on this map) are common in the northern part of the state, and the melting of the glaciers greatly influenced and changed the courses of large streams such as the Kentucky and Licking Rivers. Prehistoric animals driven southward by the ice sheets were attracted to the salt and mineral springs in the swampy areas of northern Kentucky. Fossils in Big Bone Lick State Park include mastodons, mammoths, giant ground sloths, bison, elk, the short-faced bear, lions, and other mammals. Similar fossils are also found at other mineral springs and salt licks, as well in caves, sinkholes, ponds, and river gravel deposits.

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Parks (showing 1 of 1 listings)

Big Bone Lick State Park, Union, Kentucky: Called "The Birthplace of American Vertebrate Paleontology", the fossilized remains of past inhabitants of Big Bone Lick State Park provide clues about ancient life in Kentucky. This park features a discovery trail and outdoor museum with varied grassland, wetland and savanna environments.

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Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal: Museum of Natural History and Science: A description of the exhibits available at the museum, for example a look at Cincinnati's Ice Age: Clues Frozen in Time. Also includes contacts for natural history collections and other general information.

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