UM museum to get dozens of mastodon bones

Associated Press

Bellevue Township — Two Eaton County men are donating dozens of mastodon bones they unearthed to the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology.

Neighbors Daniel LaPoint Jr. and Eric Witzke spent four days in November digging up 42 bones from the prehistoric mammal. The men plan to keep a few of the bones found in Witzke’s backyard and give the rest to the Ann Arbor museum later this month.

The museum’s director, Daniel Fisher, confirmed and examined their discovery, according to the Lansing State Journal.

Fisher says the bones are from a 37-year-old male mastodon and are between 10,000 and 14,000 years old. He says the museum will be able to narrow the age to within 200 or 300 years once it has received the bones.

About 330 confirmed mastodon bones have been discovered in Michigan.