Tilling the soil can be quite rewarding as a farmer. It’s a chance to prepare new life to grow in your dirt and to make a profit from all your hard work. Taking care of crops is a long and arduous task that requires a lot of attention and time management.
But when a farmer chanced upon this in his yard, almost all of his work had to be dug up to get it out, and he didn’t mind one bit. James Bristle is a farmer in Michigan who was doing what he did every day when he noticed something sticking out of the earth.
At first, he thought it was just a stick, but it ended up being much bigger than that, so big, in fact, that he had to get his friend to help him dig it out with a machine. The results? He unearthed the ribs, skull, vertebrae and tusks of a woolly mammoth. What a find!
Paleontologists at the University of Michigan were called to verify these findings, and they discovered that the bones could be as old as 15,000 years.
The rest of the dig was completed by Dan Fisher, and they’re going to be naming it the Bristle Mammoth in honor of James’ find.
It’s one of the top ten finds in the history of the state. No one knows exactly how old it is, but the paleontologists are guessing that it is somewhat of a hybrid between the wooly mammoth and a Columbian mammoth.