A 6-year-old boy discovered a 12,000-year-old Mastodon tooth in a Michigan nature preserve. The family later donated the tooth to the museum.
Julian Gagnon, 6, was walking with his family in the Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve on Sept. 6 when he found an object that he initially identified to his parents as a dragon tooth. Gagnon said that he felt something on his foot and he grabbed it. He initially assumed it as a dragon tooth. Gagnon’s parents allowed him to bring his discovery home, where the family took a closer look and realized it might indeed be a fossil.
Adam Rountrey, the palaeontology museum’s research museum collection manager said that mammoth and Mastodon fossils are relatively rare in Michigan, but compared to other places in the United States there have been more occurrences. The Gagnon family donated the tooth to the museum, which said Julian will be rewarded for his donation with a behind-the-scenes tour this month.
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