Mastadon Bones - Bellevue, Michigan

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mastadon bonesDaniel LaPoint Jr and Eric Witzke could feel it in their bones that they have found something extraordinary when their digging tools unearthed a grey skeleton in a Bellevue, Michigan backyard.

The prehistoric mammals, distantly related to modern elephants, roamed North and Central America for over a million years before they suddenly went extinct at the end of the last ice age more than 10,000 years ago. About 330 confirmed mastodon bones have been discovered in Michigan. The Bellevue fossils include leg, shoulder and hip bones, multiple ribs, the base of a tusk and bits of the mastodon's vertebrae.

Before donating their remarkable find to science, the neighbors took the mastodon bones to Olivet Community College where a group of excited middle-schoolers got a chance to handle the remains of the long-extinct extinct ice-age creature.‘To change one kid's life because they got to touch it, I think, is an incredible opportunity.’ LaPoint said, calling the discovery a once-in-a-lifetime experience.