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Farmers Thought It Was Just A Small Rock In The Hole They Were Digging, But They Were Surprised After Seeing The Whole Thing!


They Thought They Hit A Rock On The Grave That They Digging, They Got Shocked Until They Saw The Whole Thing!

The woolly mammoth is an extinct species of mammoth that lived during the Pleistocene epoch and was one of the last in a line of mammoth species. The woolly mammoth diverged from the steppe mammoth about 400,000 years ago in East Asia. Its closest extant relative is the Asian elephant. The appearance and behavior of this species are among the best studied of any prehistoric animal because of the discovery of frozen carcasses in Siberia and Alaska, as well as skeletons, teeth, stomach contents, dung, and depiction from life in prehistoric cave paintings.

Mammoth remains had long been known in Asia before they became known to Europeans in the 17th century. The origin of these remains was long a matter of debate and often explained as being remains of legendary creatures. The mammoth was identified as an extinct species elephant by Georges Cuvier in 1796.

Farmers James Bristle and neighbor Trent Satterthwaite had the biggest surprise of their life when they accidentally dug up a woolly mammoth. James Bristle and his neighbor were digging a trench to install a drainage pipe in his wheat field on the outskirts of Chelsea, Michigan when their backhoe suddenly struck something hard about eight feet underground.



At first, the pair thought they had hit a buried piece of wood, perhaps a fence post, but they soon realized they had uncovered something neither had ever seen before—an enormous three-foot-long bone.





“We didn’t know what it was, but we knew it was certainly a lot bigger than a cow bone,” Bristle said. Believing the strange object may have been a dinosaur bone, the farmer contacted the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology, located just 10 miles away from his field.





They had already dug 8 feet deep when a wood-like structure started to appear. At first, they thought it was just a rock, but pretty soon they have stumbled upon an amazing discovery. The wood-like structure was actually a remnant of a woolly mammoth! After more digging, they found a surprising 20% or so of the woolly mammoth skeleton like the head and tusks, several ribs, a set of vertebrae, and more. Curious locals gathered throughout the day as news of the discovery spread.





By sunset, without a break to eat or drink, the crew had excavated approximately 20 percent of the bones of the prehistoric elephant-like creature. Using zip lines attached to a backhoe, the paleontologists carefully hoisted the mammoth’s gigantic skull and tusks and placed it on a flatbed trailer along with the skeleton’s vertebrae, ribs, pelvis and shoulder blades before filling in the pit.





This particular mammoth lived more than 10,000 years ago. According to Dan Fisher, a professor at the University of Michigan, the giant animal which was in its 40s or 50s when it died might be hunted down and the missing parts were probably consumed by humans. Mammoths roamed North America until their disappearance about 11,700 years ago, and the remains of only 30 of the massive prehistoric animals have previously been found in Michigan. He also added that there have been about 30 woolly mammoths found in Michigan, but only five or fewer have been uncovered so extensively.





“This isn’t just mine. It belongs to everybody,” Bristle said of his decision to donate the specimen to the University of Michigan. “This is our way of giving back. A lot of people will benefit from being able to see this mammoth for many years to come. If I can make people happy by doing that, then I consider that a good day.”


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