Amazing! Labrador Dug Up Mammoth Tooth Fossil in the Backyard
Dogs have much interest in exploring what exist beneath the ground. You must have seen them digging holes onto the sand, grassland, backyard, and other places available for digging. Diligence paid off for a yellow Labrador in Whidbey Island. It is the best digger of 2018!
Scout, an 8-month-old male yellow lab, was digging holes in the backyard as usual. The owner, Kirk Lacewell, noticed that it was carrying something dug from the ground in the mouth, but he did not pay much attention to the object. He thought it was just another scrap of a wood or rock.
On the following day, however, he found something odd–Scout still carried the thing. Lacewell realized that there might be something special about of the discovered. He then took it off from Scout’s mouth, cleaned it and saw what this odd thing looked like.
“Part of it looked like bone. It looked like bone that had a covering over it and it was partly worn off,” Lacewell said.
Several pictures of the item were sent to experts at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum for answers, and they said it was a tooth fossil of a woolly mammoth, which could be traced back to 13,000 years ago!
The lab’s unexpected finding made experts thrilled and them did further research on the island. More mammoth teeth and bones have been found.
“Quite a few mammoth teeth and some bones have been found on Whidbey, which is largely composed of Ice Age sediments,” a curator at Burke Museum said.
Nice find, good dog!