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FIRST LOOK: Mastodon skeleton uncovered in Michigan

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We're getting our first look at a monster of a discovery in the Thumb.

On Monday, researchers recovered what they said is the most complete mastodon skeleton found in Michigan since the 1940s.

A University of Michigan team led the dig at the Fowler Center near Mayville where they found 70-percent of the fossil was still intact.

The only parts not found were the tusks, the lower jaw and most of the foot bones.

Mastodons lived in North and Central America until dying out at the end of the Pleistocene era about 10,000 to 11,000 years ago.

They are distantly related to elephants and were grazers that ate various types of vegetation. 

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