Two Florida divers found a large mammoth bone that may have been from the ice age while diving into a river in southwest Florida last week, according to Orlando Sentinel.
Amateur paleontologists Derek Demetra and Henry Sadler discovered the 4-foot, 50-pound bone, which could be tens of thousands of years old, while diving into the Mir River in Arcadia, Florida, on April 25.
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The bone belonged to a species called the Colombian mammoth, which inhabited North America as far north as the northern United States and as far south as Costa Rica during the Pleistocene, between 2.6 million and 10,000 years, according to news.
The species is one of the last in the line of mammoth species.
“[Henry] “He came out and he said, ‘Derek, I found something amazing,’ and he’s just going crazy,” Demetra, director of the planetarium at Seminole State College, told The Orlando Sentinel.
“When I saw him, I couldn’t believe it. I was in denial. It was really nice to see this discovered, “he said.
They also excavated a number of other bones, including parts of a missing shark and a saber-toothed tiger tooth on the same day as the mammoth, and donated specimens to the Florida Museum of Natural History.
However, the mammoth bone will end up in the classroom where Sadler teaches.
“Right now, he’s sitting in the classroom where the kids can see him, touch him, feel him, and really get a history of the natural world,” Sadler said.
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