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2 North Texas Boys Stumble Upon ‘Fossil Gold Mine’

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Paleontologists uncover whale fossil, Prima Deshecha Landfill site, San Juan Capistrano, California. (Credit: AP Graphics Bank)

Paleontologists uncover whale fossil, Prima Deshecha Landfill site, San Juan Capistrano, California. (Credit: AP Graphics Bank)

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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.

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