UPDATED 7:07 AM PT – Friday, April 19, 2019
A construction crew recently uncovered the bones of a prehistoric mammal in Indiana. The workers were installing a new sewer line on a farm 60-miles south of Indianapolis when they came across the tusks and bone fragments of a mastodon.
The mammal lived during the Ice Age and was about the same size as an elephant, which is its modern day descendant.
The owner of the farm — Joe Schepman — said he was shocked to learn the land he grew up on was once home to large prehistoric creatures.
“This was or still is a swampy area, so when they said they lived in swamps I thought, ‘yeah that makes sense,’ but to think about this thing walking around on the property is hard to wrap your head around,” said Schepman.
The family plans to donate the bones to the Indiana State Museum.
Researchers believe the fossil is over 10,000 years old, and they plan to use radiocarbon dating to determine its exact age.