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Flores to Hold Press Conference at Waco Mammoth Site

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Congressman Bill Flores (R-Texas) will hold a press conference at the Waco Mammoth Site on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. CT. Flores introduced legislation along with Senators John Cornyn (R-Texas) and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas) to establish the internationally recognized Waco, Texas paleontological site as a discovery of national significance. This bill, introduced in both the House and Senate, would designate the site as the Waco Mammoth National Monument and include it as a unit of the National Park Service.

 WHO:        Congressman Bill Flores (R-Texas)

 WHAT:       Waco Mammoth Site Tour and Press Conference

 WHEN:       Tuesday, April 26, 2011

                   3:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. CT

 WHERE:    Waco Mammoth Site

                   6220 Steinbeck Bend Road

                   Waco, TX 76708


RSVP:       All interested media should RSVP to Genny Carter at (202) 441-3068 or                  

                  genny.carter@mail.house.gov

BACKGROUND: The Waco Mammoth Site has been analyzed and studied by Baylor University and the City of Waco since being unearthed in 1978. Near the confluence of the Brazos and Bosque Rivers, on 100-plus acres of wooded park land, lie the remains of more than two dozen Columbian Mammoths ranging in age from 3 to 55 years old. It is believed that approximately 68,000 years ago, rapidly rising waters from the Bosque River flooded the area and drowned the animals. The Waco site is believed to be the world’s largest concentration of Columbian Mammoths to die in a single event. In 2006, the Waco Mammoth Foundation, a non-profit organization of local citizens, helped to make the site a public park. The Waco Mammoth Site museum and archaeological attraction, which officially opened to the public at the end of 2009, attracts visitors from all over the world.

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