Dogs normally dig to hide a treat or toy from a rival. Sometimes to reveal some charmingly pungent animal poop or decaying remains that can be used as canine cologne.
However, every dog does not own the same habits. Therefore, Scout is a Labrador retriever from Whidbey Island, Washington. He is now 8-months old puppy who dug up a 13,000-year-old fossilized woolly mammoth tooth.
According to Komo News, Kirk Lacewell is the owner of this little puppy. He has noticed that Scout was carrying something from his mouth after he dug a shallow hole in the fenced backyard. Kirk was not much concern of this object and thought it would be a rock or a wood. Therefore, Kirk let puppy to enjoy the object without overacting.
In the following day, the dog seemed fascinated by this item. Therefore, Kirk was bit suspicions and he decided to have a close look at this mysterious object. So after that, he washed and dried up it well. Kirk realized that it is more like a bone.
But still, he was not certain about his thought, therefore, he sent pictures to paleontologists at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum. The scientists rapidly agreed on the object’s origin and estimated its age.
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“[Teeth] typically preserve more than other parts of the mammoth,” Andrea Godinez, marketing director of the Burke Museum told Komo News. Judging by the number of fossils discovered, Whidbey Island was home to a large population of woolly mammoths before the species went extinct at the end of the last Ice Age, about 11,000 years ago. About 5,000 years prior to that, Earth’s warming temperatures began the Puget Lobe of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet to recede northward, which carved the island into its current shape.
Because Mammoth fossils are not uncommon, the museum did not concern much on this study or to spread among the community as the fossil is not extraordinary, one has to admit that the circumstances of its excavation are.
“I can’t remember a time when a dog helped uncover a fossil,” Godinez said. Dogs are capable of finding treasure.
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