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Michigan farmer digs up 11,000-year-old mammoth skeleton

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MICHIGAN — A Michigan farmer was digging in a field when he uncovered bones of an 11,000-year-old woolly mammoth near Chelsea, Michigan.

According to WXMI, farmer James Bristle and a friend were digging on Monday, September 28th when they thought they found a mud-covered, bent fence post but it turned out to be a whole lot bigger.

Michigan woolly mammoth courtesy: CNN

Michigan woolly mammoth courtesy: CNN

Professor Daniel Fisher from the University of Michigan says the mammoth was likely an adult male in its 40’s at the time of its death, and most likely lived between 10,000-15,000 years ago.

A team from the University of Michigan were able to recover 20% of the skeleton.

The working conclusion is that ancient humans brought the partial skeleton of the mammoth to the area with the intent of coming back for the meat on its bones.

About 30 mammoths have been found in Michigan to date, but most of them were not as complete as the one found on Monday.