Mammoth remains found at Texas home site

Mammoth remains found at Texas home site
Posted at 9:58 PM, Jul 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-26 19:02:26-04

PARKER COUNTY, TX (KTVT/CNN) - A man in Parker County, TX, discovered mammoth remains as he was building a house.

Anthropologists believe the creature went extinct 10,000 years ago.

For centuries, a Columbian mammoth lay buried under the field, until this past spring when the property owner grazed a piece of bone with a bulldozer.

Geology professor, Lori Gouge, believes he stood 9 to 12 feet tall, and was 30 years old.

"He could've been like 20,000 pounds or as much as three Suburbans," she said.

At a lab at Weatherford College, half of the animal's tusk is protected in a plaster jacket, parts of a giant tooth glued back together.

William Seigler is co-leading the dig.

"This is a fairly significant find. Because usually you find a bone, a tusk, at least 15 percent of this animal is there," he said.

Students helped dig up the property.

"They're really excited. Because now, instead of sitting in a classroom, playing with piles of paper, they're getting their hands dirty," Seigler said.

The property owner donated the mammoth, which will be cleaned and displayed at Weatherford College.

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