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Prehistoric fossil found by young hikers

Posted By: Reid Kilmer
rkilmer@klkntv.com

A group of young hikers discovered a fossil from thousands of years ago. They’re called the Bobcat explorers of the Wilderness Park Nature Camp.

All of them are eager hikers who like discovering outdoor treasures, but this week brought them a surprise.

The Bobcats say they were on a normal hike along the creek when all of a sudden they found something out of the ordinary.

Camp explorer, Matthew Bradly said, "I got some information from her that she thought it was a mammoth tooth but it was a baby one."

Jr. Counselor, Shannon Sullivan said, "We were pretty shocked, we always find a lot of cow and bison and deer bones but never anything like this."

The mammoth tooth was lying next to salt creek when the hikers stumbled upon it. Once camp counselors realized what they found, they took it to the state's museum Morrill Hall to find out more.

What officials told them was the tooth could be anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 years old.

They say judging by it's size it belonged to an eight or nine year old mammoth about the size of an Indian elephant.

George Corner, the Collection Manager for the Division of Vertebrate Paleontology at the University of Nebraska’s State Museum said, "It’s uncommon to find them because most of our sediments are covered in sod so you have to be in the right place at the right time to find one."

This group of explorers did end up being in the right place at the right time.

Camp Explorer, Piper Dians said, "I think it's pretty cool how it got into the creek and we found it, but I’m not sure how it got there. It was really cool how our whole group found it."

The camp is holding onto the tooth for safe keeping but if you happen to find any fossils, Morrill Hall says they will gladly help you identify it.

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