Skeleton of mastodon dug up in western Michigan backyard

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BELLEVUE, Mich. — A lot of people bury their dead pets in their backyards, but a Michigan man made a shocking discovery behind his home.

In the town of Bellevue, a little southwest of Lansing, a man was digging up his yard for a new pond, when he discovered the fossil of an ancient mastodon, an ancestor of the elephant.

More than 40 bones allowed experts to put together a pretty good picture of how the beast used to look. It lived more than 10,000 years ago, and was about 37 years old when it died.

The bones will be donated to schools and museums.

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