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Larry Agenbroad dies at 81; paleontologist led Mammoth Site excavation

Larry Agenbroad dies at 81; paleontologist led Mammoth Site excavation

On an archaeological dig in Arizona in the 1960s, something gnawed at paleontologist Larry Agenbroad every time human artifacts were uncovered. The excavation team went wild taking photographs and planning articles to burnish their credentials. But they ignored other remains clearly visible in the pit — the bones of giant mammoths who were killed there. "He would say, 'We just left them and walked away.' It struck a chord with him," said his son Brett. "He felt those remains were as important as anything human." Agenbroad's compassion turned him into one of the world's leading authorities on the giant beasts that disappeared thousands of...

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