IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A high schooler looking for pointed stones in southern Iowa discovered something a lot greater: the ancient jawbone of a mastodon.
The Iowa City Press-Native reports that the 30-inch bone had a place with an adolescent mastodon, an elephant-like creature accepted to have wandered Iowa nearly 34,000 years ago.
Officials with the College of Iowa Fossil science Vault, which presently has ownership of the bone discovered a week ago, state the mastodon may have remained around 7-feet tall.
The ranchers who gave the jaw and related issues that remains to be worked out store did as such namelessly, saying they would not like to urge individuals to trespass on their property searching for fossils.
There likely are more fossils on the land, as the proprietors found other mastodon stays there decades ago.
Information from: Iowa City Press-Citizen, http://www.press-citizen.com/