Friday, July 21, 2017

10-yr-old stumbles on 1.2 million year old ancient fossil while hiking in US

10-yr-old stumbles on ancient fossil while hiking in US
A 10-year-old boy has accidentally discovered a rare, mostly intact 1.2 million year old skull of stegomastodon -a prehistoric ancestor of elephants -while hiking in the Las Cruces desert in the US. “I was running farther up and I tripped on part of the tusk,“ said Jude Sparks, who had been hiking in the desert with his parents. “My face landed next to the bottom jaw,“ said Sparks.The Sparks contacted Peter Houde, at the New Mexico State University in the US.Houde estimates the jaw weighs about 120 pounds and the skull as little as a tonne.

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