Woolly Mammoth Remains Unearthed

Farmers made the accidental discovery in Michigan

Two farmers have made the find of a lifetime – the remains of a woolly mammoth.

Trent Satterthwaite and James Bristle were digging in a Michigan soy field when they struck a wood-like object.

What they originally thought was a fence post was later confirmed by the University of Michigan to be the head, tusks, shoulder blades and rib cage of a woolly mammoth.

Palaeontologist Dan Fisher, who led the excavation, believes the ancient creature was around 40 years old and lived as long as 15,000 years ago.

Credit: Daryl Marshke/University Of Michigan

"We think that humans were here and may have butchered and stashed the meat so that they could come back later for it,” he said.

The age of a woolly mammoth can be easily determined by the rings of its tusk, much like looking at the rings of a tree

While there have been dozens of woolly mammoths unearthed in Michigan, this is the most complete skeleton ever found.

The last colony of mammoths lived off the coast of Siberia until 1,700BC. It’s thought there could be as many as 150 million mammoths still buried under the permafrost.

Explore for more about this ancient giant here.

Credit: Daryl Marshke/University Of Michigan

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