Mastodon Bones Discovered In Michigan Man’s Yard
You never know what’s lying just beneath the surface in your own yard.
Most people find some old coins or a rusty bicycle chain. But two men in Michigan hit the jackpot when they discovered the remains of a massive Ice Age mammal.
Contractor Daniel LaPoint Jr. was working in Eric Witzke’s Bellevue, Mich., yard when he noticed a giant rib sticking out of the ground, according to the Lansing State Journal. Over four days in November, the two worked together to pull 42 bones out of the ground.
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Daniel LaPoint Jr., left, and Eric Witzke show just a few of the many mastodon bones found on Witzke’s property.
At first, they thought they had found a dinosaur. As it turned out, they had uncovered a mastodon — a 5-ton animal that was the slightly smaller cousin of the woolly mammoth and distant relative of the modern elephant.
The two plan to keep a few of the bones, but donate the rest to the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology.
An expert there has already examined the bones and believes they may be the remains of an ancient meal for early Americans. —> Read More Here