June 14, 2011
Deep in the Chihuahuan Desert not far from the Mexico border, archeologists are busy digging up the first bison bones ever found in this remote area of Texas, which they hope will shed light on the little-understood lives of the inhabitants of the region in prehistoric times.
Then, in February 2009, Lisa Wrinkle, the Nature Conservancy's Lower Pecos program coordinator, noticed something shiny and white while hiking in an area where there had been flooding and erosion. In the river bed Wrinkle found bones, vertebrae, teeth and a jawbone. Analysis at Texas Tech University confirmed the remains were from bison.