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An ancient mammoth was found by a Michigan farmer on his property
December 20, 2015
James Bristle was going through the motions of his day, probably like any other, until he hit something. Bristle was digging on his farm when his shovel hit something unexpected. Speaking with History, Bristle expressed his uncertainty,
"We didn’t know what it was, but we knew it was certainly a lot bigger than a cow bone."
While James may have been uncertain, a statement he made to Ann Arbor news indicates he knew one thing: this wasn't usual."We knew it was something that was out of the norm. My grandson came over to look at it — he's 5-years-old — he was speechless."
It didn't take long for James to think of a course of action, and that's when he dropped a line to University of Michigan's Museum of Paleontology, which History writes is "located just 10 miles away from his field." It was professor Daniel Fisher, along with a team of students, who identified the bones.
History writes that the specimen "was a Jeffersonian mammoth — a hybrid between a woolly mammoth and a Columbian mammoth." The ancient animal was named in honor of Thomas Jefferson.
Associated Press caught up with Fisher at the scene, and were able to grab some awesome footage, too. Check it out below and let us know what you think. When the video's over, be sure to share it with your friends on Facebook!
§ Associated Press via YouTube, Daniel Cviatkov Yordanov / Shutterstock, History, Ann Arbor News via MLive, and Detroit Free Press