Last Thursday, workers were excavating a road in Byron Township, south of Grand Rapids, when they dug up some bones. Big bones. According to, Tuesday, they got word from the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology that the bones belonged to an ancient mastodon. Museum Director Dan Fisher says mastodon or mammoth fossils are found in Michigan two or three times a year. Mastodons were distantly related to elephants and prevalent in Michigan 11,000 to 15,000 years ago. Which was right before disco became popular and about twenty years before iPhones were introduced. Which is why we don't have any photos of mastodons.


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