Tre extinct creature is believed to have roamed the Earth between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago.
When farmer James Bristle and his neighbor discovered a “wood-like” object while digging in his Michigan soybean field on Monday, the duo thought they had uncovered something fairly mundane.
“We thought it was a bent fence post,” Bristle told the Detroit Free-Press. “It was covered in mud.”
But upon closer inspection of the object, it started looking more and more like bone, said the farmer.
“We knew it was something that was out of the norm,” he said. “My grandson came over to look at it, he’s 5-years-old, he was speechless.”
Paleontologists confirmed this week that the discovery, in Washtenaw County’s Lima Township, was indeed “out of the norm.” The “fence post” Bristle found turned out to be a part of a skeleton of a woolly mammoth that roamed the Earth between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago.
University of Michigan Professor Dan Fisher has been leading the dig to remove the mammoth’s remains from Bristle’s property this week. He told Ann Arbor News that the mammoth was probably 40 years old when it died, and had been hunted by humans who likely butchered it and stashed it in a pond.