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May 31–Cahokia Lecture!

If you are going to join us at Cahokia for a tour of the archaeology, a lecture about the writing of PEOPLE OF THE MORNING STAR, and the following book signing, be aware that we will lead a short walk down to Mound 72, leaving the Cahokia Mounds State Park Museum at 1:00 with the lecture starting in the Theater at 2:00. We will have to take a small break at 1:30 for a television interview. Hope to see everyone from the St. Louis area at Chokia Mounds on Saturday the 31st. Access to the site is at exit 6 off the I-55/70 freeway just east of downtown.

Bison and Books

Hi All, When the autopsy of the 9,000 year-old bison recently discovered in Russia is finished, we should know a great deal more about North American bison. We hope the scientists particularly look for “Bos Taurus” or “beef” genes in this bison. It is inevitable that bison and aurochs (the ancestor of modern beef) were freely cross-breeding in Russia at this time, and that some of the genes being classified as beef genes in bison today, actually date to the beginning of the Holocene. The parasite study will also be interesting. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2572020/Autopsy-9-000-year-old-bison-reveal-parasites-plaguing-ancient-animals.html Also, don’t forget to register for the Book Giveaway of PEOPLE OF THE WOLF at Goodreads. Only two days left to register: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/860979.People_of_the_Wolf?from_search=true Hope you win! Mike and Kathy

People of the Earth Days, June 27-29, 2014

Hi All, This should be a fun summer event. We’ll be leading a tour to the Legend Rock Petroglyph site–ancient rock carvings–just outside of Thermopolis, Wyoming, where we will talk about prehistoric cultures in Wyoming’s Bighorn Basin. The scenery is gorgeous and at the end of June the wildflowers should be in full bloom. We’ll also be conducting a short writer’s conference, “Heroes, Villains, and Plots,” and we’ll leading a tour to look at the buffalo in Hot Springs State Park to talk about the history, habits, and conservation of North American bison. Many of the events associated with PEOPLE OF THE EARTH DAYS are free, but some do have a cost, to pay for bus drivers, equipment rentals, etc. We’re donating our time for this event. Also, the tour of the Wyoming Dinosaur Center, and geological tour with biologist Greg Willson is not to be missed! The Big Horn Basin has some of the oldest primates in the world, as well as a rich dinosaur heritage. It will be a fun learning experience for both adults and children! For more information: Thermopolis Chamber of Commerce, 877-864-3192, or www.thermopolischamber.org. We hope we see you there. Mike and Kathy

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