Skip to comments.Cranbrook officials eager to share mastodon find [ Rochester Hills ]
Posted on 07/12/2006 10:26:41 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
The find, he said, gives residents a window into a time thousands of years ago when beasts such as mastodons and woolly mammoths roamed the familiar hills and glaciercarved valleys of the area... Stafford, who holds a doctorate in archaeology, and Cranbrook geologist John Zawiskie worked from about 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to dig up and remove enough bones from the site to fill a truck bed. Mastodons - ancient relatives of elephants - roamed Michigan from about 3.75 million to 11,000 years ago. There are about 250 sites in the state where mastodon remains have been found, including several in Oakland County, and mastodons are the state fossil... Some of the bones, Stafford said, may have shattered when they were struck by an excavator Friday. The Road Commission for Oakland County is in the midst of a $5.6 million project to widen and realign Adams Road between Hamlin and Auburn roads. Workers from Shelby Township-based Dan's Excavating discovered the bones while digging in a low swampy area... The exact age of the bones is not yet known, but Uhen estimated that, based on the geology of the area where they were discovered, the mastodon may have died about 16,000 years ago.
(Excerpt) Read more at theoaklandpress.com ...
Mark Uhen, Cranbrook Paleontologist, with mastodon bones that was dug up this weekend in Rochester Hills. -The Oakland Press/TIM THOMPSON
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IMO...Humans didn't kill them. Humans were in that area as early as 25k years ago.
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