MI farmer donates mammoth remains to University of Michigan - WNEM TV 5

MI farmer donates mammoth remains to University of Michigan

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The owner of the partial mammoth skeleton uncovered in Washtenaw County decided to donate the bones to the University of Michigan.

James Bristle, the farmer who discovered the bones, said he wants to share the excitement of the discovery with the public and allow U-M researchers to study it.

"This isn't just mine. It belongs to everybody," Bristle said. "This is our way of giving back. A lot of people will benefit from being able to see this mammoth for many years to come. If I can make people happy by doing that, then I consider that a good day."

University of Michigan paleontologist Daniel Fisher is the director of the U-M Museum of Paleontology. He said he is working on plans to display the bones at the U-M Museum of Natural History.

Fisher said the bones are from an adult male mammoth that likely lived 11,700 to 15,000 years ago, but the remains haven't been dated yet.

Paleontologists were able to recover 20 percent of the animal's bones, including the skull and two tusks, numerous vertebrae and ribs, the pelvis and both shoulder blades.

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