Michigan history museum plans to display mammoth bones

Associated Press

Ann Arbor — The University of Michigan Museum of Natural History is making plans to display mammoth bones found last year by a farmer while he was digging in a southeastern Michigan soybean field.

Workers tie straps around a woolly mammoth skull and tusks before pulling it from the excavation pit. Farmer James Bristle donated the bones of a woolly mammoth found on his Chelsea property to the University of Michigan.

The museum says the exhibit will include interactive 3-D digital models of some bones, full-size casts of tusks that visitors can touch and programs for children visiting the exhibit on field trips. An online effort seeks to raise $12,000 for the exhibit by May 1.

Jim Bristle donated the discovery to the school after making the find in Washtenaw County’s Lima Township.

Researchers say the mammoth was probably about 45 years old and lived 11,700 to 15,000 years ago. They say it probably was hybrid between a woolly and a Columbian mammoth.

Farmer finds woolly mammoth bones in Michigan field