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'Sir Mammoth' Leads Charge to Uncover Ice Age Fossils

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Science  15 Dec 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5499, pp. 2062-2063
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5499.2062

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ON THE EASTERN SCHELDT, THE NETHERLANDS-- Dick Mol may be an amateur, but he's had more success than most professionals in his chosen field of paleontology. As scientific coordinator of a major expedition that's gathering the remains of woolly mammoths and other Pleistocene fauna from Siberia's Taimyr Peninsula, this 45-year-old customs officer at Amsterdam airport has been featured in a documentary on the Discovery Channel and in a sequel to appear next March. The work has brought him international recognition for his studies on quaternary paleontology, the study of the Pleistocene and today's Holocene Epochs.