Bones of a mammoth were found in a family’s backyard in Iowa. According to ABC 5 and Fox News, John and his sons were digging in their backyard two years ago when they found what appeared to be an enormous bone buried in the dirt.
While the first bone well over two years ago, the family has kept the discovery secret and just recently decided to enlist experts for help extracting the rest of the mammoth skeleton. In the interview with ABC 5, John recounted how he came to find the bones:
“I got down on my hands and knees on the bank and I could see a marrow line around the edge of this and I said boys, that’s a bone, that’s a really big bone.”
The original bone has been identified as a femur of a mammoth by experts from the University of Iowa. While the discovery of the bones are interesting in itself, what makes the find that much greater is that, according to many archaeologists and paleontologists, it is so unusual to find so many bones from a mammoth in one place.
While many scientists are intrigued by the discovery and no doubt want to examine the findings, because the mammoth bones were found on John’s property, they belong to John, who has made no final decision on what he will do with the bones.
Since the original discovery of the femur, they have uncovered the mammoth’s vertebrae and ribs, all of which John keeps in his living room.
Mammoth Bones Found in Family’s Backyard in Iowa.