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2 boys find mastodon bone in Michigan backyard

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Artist rendering of what a Mastodon might have looked like thousands of years ago. Artist rendering of what a Mastodon might have looked like thousands of years ago.
SHELBY TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) -

A researcher has confirmed that two 11-year-old boys found a mastodon bone over the summer while exploring a southeast Michigan yard.

The Detroit News reports Eric Stamatin of Macomb County's Shelby Township and his cousin Andrew Gainariu of Troy found the bone near a stream while exploring Eric's backyard. Eric says it looked like a rock, but a hole made them think it was a bone.

A researcher at Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills confirmed it was an axis bone from an extinct American mastodon, a relative of the elephant. Paleontologist John Zawiskie says the fossil is likely between 13,000 and 14,000 years old.

A search of the area didn't turn up more bones. Zawiskie says there are records of numerous mastodon-related finds in Michigan's Lower Peninsula.

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Information from: The Detroit News, http://detnews.com/

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