Researchers, volunteers dig up mastodon in Michigan’s Thumb

At the halfway point between the North Pole and Equator stands this replica mastodon statue, a Nova Scotian landmark.

At the halfway point between the North Pole and Equator stands this replica mastodon statue, a Nova Scotian landmark.

MAYVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A team of researchers, teachers and graduate students are taking part in a dig in Michigan’s Thumb area to unearth bones of a mastodon first discovered two years ago.

Farmer Seth Colling, a part-time teacher at the Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning, a year-round camp for children and adults with special needs, told the Times Herald in Port Huron the dig for mastodon bones is “a dream come true.”

Colling was on his knees Saturday at the site on the Fowler Center property, uncovering with trowel and bare hands another large mastodon leg bone. Colling was with students two years ago when they found the first mastodon bone in the creek.

Since then, paleontologists have collected more pieces of the mastodon that have eroded out of the creek bank.

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