Two divers in Florida discovered a large mammoth bone that can be dated back to the ice age while diving in a river in southwest Florida last week, according to Orlando Sentinel.
Amateur paleontologists Derek Demeter and Henry Sadler found the 4-foot, 50-pound bone that could be tens of thousands of years old while diving in the Peace River in Arcadia, Fla., On April 25th.
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The bone belonged to a species called the Colombian mammoth that inhabited North America as far north as the northern United States and as far south as Costa Rica during the Pleistocene era between 2.6 million and 10,000 years ago, according to the news release.
The species was one of the last in the series of mammoth species.
“[Henry] came up and he’s like, ‘Derek, I found something amazing,’ and he’s just scared, ‘Demeter, a planetarium director at Seminole State College, told the Orlando Sentinel.
“When I saw it, I could not believe it. I was in denial. It was really nice to see it discovered, ”he said.
The two have also dug up a number of other bones, including parts of an extinct shark and the tooth of a saber-toothed tiger on the same day as the mammoth was found, and have donated specimens to the Florida Museum of Natural History.
The mammoth leg, however, will end up in a classroom where Sadler teaches.
“It’s currently sitting in the classroom where the kids can see it, touch it, feel it and really get a story about the natural world,” Sadler said.
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