Monday, August 24, 2009

Mammoth tooth found on course

11,000 year-old 10 pound mammoth tooth found on course

A groundskeeper at a Michigan country club found an 11,000-year-old-tooth from a mammoth while cutting weeds on the golf course, The Detroit News reports.

Scott Beld, a research specialist at the University of Michigan's Museum of Paleontology, tells the paper the tooth appears to be from a Columbian mammoth, which can grow as tall as 13 feet.

The 10-pound tooth appears to be from a female adolescent, Beld says.

The owners of the Morrison Lake Country Club in Saranac are pleased by the rare find but are keeping the exact location secret to keep people from tromping on the fairways, The News reports.

Wood TV 8 of Grand Rapids reports that paleontologists say they believe there are many more bones at the site. Watch the TV report below or click here for a link.

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