2 North Texas Boys Stumble Upon ‘Fossil Gold Mine’

SHERMAN (AP) – Two sixth-grade boys playing in a North Texas creek found what one paleontologist calls a “fossil gold mine.”

Andrew Carroll says he and his friend and Pottsboro Middle School classmate Thomas Smith were exploring along the creek southeast of Sherman when they found a bone that they took to be a dinosaur bone.

Enter Ed Swiatovy of the Dallas Paleontological Society, who confirmed that the bone was the pelvis of a Columbian mammoth, one of the two largest species of mammoth.

Swiatovy tells the Herald Democrat of Sherman and Denison that bones excavated have been sent to the Museum of Nature & Science in Dallas for carbon dating. However, he said the mammoths are thought to have died out near the Red River from 10,000 to 13,000 years ago.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


One Comment

  1. Texas Technoman says:

    Don’t tell those folks down in Glen Rose, it might burst their bubble!

  2. Hemroidious says:

    Was that a Sasquach ? I’ve seen them up there also.

  3. Hemroidious says:

    Probably just a Feral Hog though.

  4. Jerry says:

    So, two boys in Texas find a pelvic bone of a mammoth, and the picture is of people uncovering whale bones in a California landfill? How are those related?

    1. Judy T. says:

      Good catch, Jerry. Seems like a large editorial error to me. I am most likely getting old, but I see this kind of stuff plus mis-spellings and grammatical errors much more often. It really irritates me.

  5. Danny says:

    The comments here are a hoot ! Guess Sherman will have the next mammoth site !

  6. mitch says:

    It appears they have their clients mixed up!

  7. Redbear says:

    Cool on the mammoth bones; and any sasquatches in the area I hike the river watching for them anyway (and dodging the hogs) now I will look more at the ground and rocks. Hope more do surface.

  8. juan morales says:

    Darn! My dog and I have known about this for some time! We used to go up there 3-4 times a year. Those rib bones last him a good 2 weeks. Guess it’s back to Milk Bones.

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