ORLANDO, Florida. – Two men from Florida found a bone from an animal that roamed the Earth millions of years ago.
One quick glance and it’s clear this isn’t your average fossil.
“Henry is my dive buddy. He yelled at me, said, ‘Hey, Derek. I found something!’ Oh my God!’ It was really, really cool, “said Derek Demeter, director of the Seminole State Planetarium.
Demeter and his friend found a four-foot-long, 50-pound mammoth bone while scuba diving in southwest Florida earlier this week.
They believe it to be the femur, or thigh bone, of a mammoth and that it dates back to the Ice Age between 2.5 million years ago and 10,000 years ago. The actual age of the fossil is difficult to say.
“This one is a lot denser, so we kind of think it’s somewhere in the middle. Probably 100,000 years old,” Demeter said.
It’s bone like that that drives these guys diving and digging all over Florida. On the same day, they also found parts of an extinct shark and the tip of a prehistoric saber-toothed tiger.
“What I love about it is like astronomy is time traveling. It plays with the imagination so you go like ‘Wow, what was going on right now. -the?'”
Demeter says the bone was fairly well preserved because they found it protected under the sand.
Now he will be in his friend’s middle school class so they can educate the children.
“It brings us joy to know that we can discover things that people really feel excited about.”
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