The prehistoric bones discovered in a Michigan backyard in November, 42 in all, weren’t from a dinosaur at all.
They were a mastodon’s. The Ice Age animals, the distant relatives of elephants, weighed five tons and date back more than 10,000 years.
LaPoint and his neighbor Eric Witzke, spent four days digging up the unique find before tracking down an expert’s opinion on its origins. Later this month they will donate most of them to the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology.