Farmer finds woolly mammoth bones in Michigan field

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

LIMA TOWNSHIP, Mich. — A Michigan farmer has made a mammoth find while digging in a field.

The Ann Arbor News reports the bones of a woolly mammoth were found by James Bristle in Washtenaw County’s Lima Township. Bristle says he and a friend were digging Monday when they found what they thought was a mud-covered, bent fence post.

University of Michigan professor Dan Fisher confirmed the remains were a woollymammoth. He and others dug out the skull and a huge tusk.

Fisher says there are only 10 similar sites in Michigan where a significant portion of a woolly mammoth skeleton was found. He says this one was likely 40 years old when it probably was killed by humans.