Skip to comments.Florida construction workers unearth prehistoric bone fragment, likely from mammoth
Posted on 08/12/2018 10:53:25 AM PDT by ETL
A construction crew in Cape Coral, Fla., in June discovered what is believed to be a bone fragment from a mastodon or mammoth, a report released Friday said.
The fragment was discovered underground by crews working on the citys utilities expansion project, The Fort Myers News-Press reported. It is believed to be a part of the animals humerus bone, according to The Cape Coral Daily Breeze.
It is not entirely clear how old the find is; The News-Press reported it could be more than two million years old, while NBC2 put it at somewhere between 12,000 and 250,000 years.
Whats more, archaeologists think there could be more fossils in the area.
"It's a fairly large bone fragment and is unlikely to be the only bone in the area," Ryan Franklin, the assistant director of the Archeological and Historical Conservancy Inc., which was called about the find, told The Cape Coral Daily Breeze.
The bone fragment, which was roughly one foot in length and 10 inches wide, will be donated to the Cape Coral Historical Museum.
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Free Range Mammoth
The “humerus” bone? That’s the same bone that democrats lost in November 2016, because, they haven’t seen anything humorous since Trump won the presidency.
Mammoths without the “humerus”: same as modern day liberals.
>>The fragment was discovered underground by crews working on the citys utilities expansion project
As a utility company manager, the worst thing you can find during a project is Indian artifacts and fossils.
Because it’ll end up stalling the project?
>>Because itll end up stalling the project?
Definitely stalling it. Probably ending it.
>>The News-Press reported it could be more than two million years old, while NBC2 put it at somewhere between 12,000 and 250,000 years.
The press can’t figure out how jobs are better than unemployment benefits, but now they are dating fossils??
Too bad you couldn’t at least keep what you find to sell or whatever.
Nothing new for Florida....just do a little googling...
Lol! Does come across as if that it what they are saying.
Never thought for a second it was something new for Florida.
I have an entire mastadon femur, a rib and a vertebrae I found in a peat field in north central IN.
Bethel College got the rest of it. Cow and baby together.
Wow! Very nice!
Mammoth finds are common.
We run into them so often in the SF Bay Area that they even get ignored now.
Back in ‘89 or ‘90 we found two of them that still had most of their skins intact, and one had huge tusks in perfect condition. They were buried in a big sand dune in Antioch.
Because they still had skin, nobody was interested enough to even come and look.
The woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) is an extinct species of mammoth that lived during the Pleistocene epoch, and was one of the last in a line of mammoth species, beginning with Mammuthus subplanifrons in the early Pliocene.
The woolly mammoth diverged from the steppe mammoth about 400,000 years ago in East Asia.
Its closest extant relative is the Asian elephant. The appearance and behaviour of this species are among the best studied of any prehistoric animal because of the discovery of frozen carcasses in Siberia and Alaska, as well as skeletons, teeth, stomach contents, dung, and depiction from life in prehistoric cave paintings.
Mammoth remains had long been known in Asia before they became known to Europeans in the 17th century.
The origin of these remains was long a matter of debate, and often explained as being remains of legendary creatures.
The mammoth was identified as an extinct species of elephant by Georges Cuvier in 1796.
The woolly mammoth was roughly the same size as modern African elephants. Males reached shoulder heights between 2.7 and 3.4 m (8.9 and 11.2 ft) and weighed up to 6 metric tons (6.6 short tons).
Females reached 2.62.9 m (8.59.5 ft) in shoulder heights and weighed up to 4 metric tons (4.4 short tons). A newborn calf weighed about 90 kilograms (200 lb).
The woolly mammoth was well adapted to the cold environment during the last ice age. It was covered in fur, with an outer covering of long guard hairs and a shorter undercoat.
The colour of the coat varied from dark to light. The ears and tail were short to minimise frostbite and heat loss. It had long, curved tusks and four molars, which were replaced six times during the lifetime of an individual.
Its behaviour was similar to that of modern elephants, and it used its tusks and trunk for manipulating objects, fighting, and foraging.
The diet of the woolly mammoth was mainly grass and sedges. Individuals could probably reach the age of 60. Its habitat was the mammoth steppe, which stretched across northern Eurasia and North America.
The woolly mammoth coexisted with early humans, who used its bones and tusks for making art, tools, and dwellings, and the species was also hunted for food.
It disappeared from its mainland range at the end of the Pleistocene 10,000 years ago, most likely through climate change and consequent shrinkage of its habitat, hunting by humans, or a combination of the two.
Isolated populations survived on St. Paul Island until 5,600 years ago and on Wrangel Island until 4,000 years ago.
After its extinction, humans continued using its ivory as a raw material, a tradition that continues today. It has been proposed the species could be recreated through various means, but none of these are yet feasible.
I alway envisioned Florida as ancient seabed, ground up shells, and sand. I know there is a lot of farming in central fla, but I never thought of it for fossil beds.
You learn something new every day.
FWIW, the pic of the Mammoths and snow covered peaks obviously is not Florida, even as it existed during the last ice age, which, geologically, wasn't long ago at all, ending about 10-12,000 years ago.
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