Two divers in Florida earlier this month revealed a 50-pound leg from a Colombian mammoth while diving in the Peace River earlier this month, Fox News reports.
The bone, believed to be a femur or thigh from an extinct distant relative of the Asian elephant that last roamed the earth over 10,000 years ago, was found by Henry Sadler, a teacher in St. Louis. Petersburg, Fla.
Derek Demeter, a Seminole State planetarium director who was with Sadler, knew his diving partner had discovered something big of the tension in his voice.
He yelled out to me and said, ‘Hi, Derek. I found something! ‘ Oh my God!’ It was really, really cool, ”said Derek Demeter, Seminole State Planetarium Director.
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The leg was not the only precious find for divers Derek Demeter and Henry Sadler that day. They also picked up the tooth of a saber-toothed tiger in the river. Saddles have previously found mammoth teeth in the Peace River, the Orlando Sentinel reports.
The huge bone will sit in Sadler’s middle school classes so he can educate the kids with it.
“It brings us joy to know that we can uncover things that really get people excited,” Demeter said.
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