Lonely Planet Writer

Michigan man digs up 14,000-year-old mastodon skeleton from back yard

Mastodon skeleton on display.
Mastodon skeleton on display. Image by Bryan Kemp / CC BY 2.0

A giant Ice Age rib is not something we’re used to finding in our back yards, but that is exactly what happened when contractor Daniel LaPoint Jr. began work at a house in Bellevue, Michigan. The bone he discovered belonged to a 10,000 to 14,000-year-old mastodon, a relation of the wooly mammoth, and over four days he and the yard owner Eric Witzke uncovered 42 bones of the five-ton mammal. An expert from the University of Michigan has confirmed the find and believes the bones may have been the remains of a meal for humans. The two men plan to keep a few of the bones and donate the rest to the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology. Read more: huffingtonpost.com