The Buffalo Museum of Science has announced that it will end its seasonal paleontological dig in Byron, New York after 29 dig seasons. The current, and final, dig season is currently underway and ends this weekend.
When a farmer in Genesee County dug up large bones and teeth on his land in 1959, he called on experts at the Buffalo Museum of Science to identify the specimens. Once the Buffalo Museum of Science determined the remains to be those of mastodons, it purchased the land from the farmer and has held annual dig seasons – three weeks every summer since 1983 - in search for additional fossils and artifacts.
The site has proven to be one of the richest Ice Age Paleontological sites in North America. However, after 27 years of Museum overhead- and foundation-supported research, and a steady decline in discoveries since the dig began, the Museum tasked the science and research team with securing the entire funding for the Byron Dig.