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U of M Paleontologist Talks About 6-Ton, Ancient Mastodon Skeleton In Michigan

Oct 17, 2016

Skull of mastodon recovered Oct. 15 by a University of Michigan-led paleontological team near the town of Mayville, in Michigan’s Thumb region.
Credit Levi Stroud

A team from the University of Michigan lead the recovery of a nearly complete "ice age" mastodon from Michigan's thumb area.

U of M paleontologist Dan Fisher says it was 11 to 13-thousand years old and quite large...


University of Michigan paleontologist Daniel Fisher (with his left hand on the mastodon skull) and his crew, which included several Tuscola County teachers. The dig took place on property owned by the Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning, about 5 miles north of Mayville in Michigan’s Thumb region.
Credit Levi Stroud

Between 60 to 70 percent of the mastodon skeleton was recovered during a four-day dig near Mayvillle.

U-M-led team excavates the mastodon’s skull Oct. 15 at the site in Michigan’s Thumb region.
Credit Levi Stroud

Fisher said this is the most complete Michigan mastodon skeleton that has been discovered in many decades.

Check out the the link discussed in the interview.

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