Two Florida scuba divers uncovered a mammoth bone presumably relationship once more to the Ice Age whereas diving in a neighborhood river, based mostly on evaluations.
Derek Demeter and Henry Sadler found the four-foot, 50-pound bone in the Peace River near Acadia closing Sunday, calling it an “amazing” discovery.
“Henry is my dive buddy,” Demeter, Seminole State Planetarium’s director, suggested FOX 35 Orlando. “He yelled out to me, said, ‘Hey, Derek. I found something!’ Oh my goodness!’ It was really, really cool.”
The pair think about the bone belonged to a Columbian mammoth, which wandered around Florida between 2.6 million and 10,000 years in the previous; nonetheless, the exact age is hard to seek out out.
“This one’s much denser, so we kind of think it’s somewhere in the middle. Probably 100,000 years old,” Demeter suggested FOX 35.
As novice paleontologists, the pair have dug up numerous totally different bones: On an identical day, they discovered components of an extinct shark and the tooth of a saber-tooth tiger.
Sadler had beforehand found a mammoth tooth in the identical river.
“The thing I love about it is, just like astronomy, it’s time traveling. It plays with the imagination so you go ‘Wow, what was going on at this time?’” Demeter added.
Some of the sooner discoveries have ended up in the Florida Museum of Natural History, nevertheless, this newest discovery will discover you in a classroom the place Sadler teaches.
“It’s currently sitting in the classroom where the kids are able to see it, touch it, feel it and really get a history of the natural world,” Sadler talked about.
“I talk to my kids about the movie ‘Ice Age.’ … They’ve heard about saber-toothed tigers, and actually finding a piece of one of those animals and bringing it to life for those kids — it’s just awesome.”