Returning a fossil home

The Reporter's Notebook


A fossilized leg bone of the Hagerman Horse will soon be on its way home.

It has been in my possession for 60 years, and it will soon rest where it had been for thousands of years before I dug it up in 1958.

The bone has been with me in Nampa, Boise, Othello, Lynnwood, Woodinville, Bothell and now Electric City.

I am told that the Hagerman Horse (equus simplicidens) was killed off some 50,000 years ago, and I will be happy when the bone is finally returned to the Hagerman Fossil Beds National Monument, at Hagerman, Idaho.

I dug the bone out of a coarse, sandy hillside overlooking the Snake...

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