Wednesday, January 14, 2015

He Was Having a Pond Dug in His Backyard When He Stumbled on the Gigantic Remains of Something Prehistoric

When Eric Witzke was having a backyard pond dug in November, the Michigan homeowner didn’t expect to see much else but dirt at the bottom of the hole. 

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Then he caught a glimpse of finds he never bargained for.

“It was amazing to see these bones and see the size of these bones coming up out of the ground,” Witzke told WWMT-TV.

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Contractor Daniel LaPoint Jr., Witzke’s neighbor, immediately jumped down from his excavator after taking a gander at a huge rib bone protruding from the earth.

“It was just something different,” he told the Lansing State Journal. “I automatically assumed dinosaur. That’s what popped into my head.” 

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A total of 42 bones later and a visit by an expert from the University of Michigan confirmed what creature once made everyday use of the bones: a 37-year-old male mastodon that roamed the land around the Bellevue Township property between 10,000 to 14,000 years ago.

“You stop and think, ‘They were walking around here,’” Witzke told WWMT.

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