Farmer finds woolly mammoth bones in Washtenaw Co. field

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LIMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) – An eastern Michigan farmer has made a mammoth find while digging in a field.

Our media partners at MLive report the bones of a woolly mammoth were found by James Bristle in a soy field Monday night in Washtenaw County’s Lima Township. Bristle says he and a friend were digging when they found what they thought was a mud-covered, bent fence post.

University of Michigan professor Dan Fisher confirmed the remains were a woolly mammoth Thursday morning. He and others worked to dig out the skull and a huge tusk.

Fisher says there are only 10 similar sites in Michigan in recorded history where such a significant portion of a woolly mammoth skeleton was found. He says this one was likely 40 years old and was probably killed by humans.

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