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Boy Uncovers Rare Woolly Mammoth Tooth Outside Ohio Resort

first_img Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Jackson Hepner was spending time with family at a local resort when he spotted a “strange-looking” object near a creek. The 12-year-old’s discovery turned out to be a rare woolly mammoth tooth.Hepner discovered the tooth during a family photo shoot at The Inn at Honey Run, which is located in Millersburg, Ohio, in July, Cleveland 19 News reported. The “strange-looking solid object covered in ridges,” which was nestled on the water’s edge, was nothing like he’d seen before, according to a resort blog post. Stay on targetcenter_img Professors and scholars from Ashland University’s Geology Department, College of Wooster’s Program of Archaeology, and Ohio State University’s Orton Geological Museum analyzed the bizarre object and identified it as the upper third molar tooth of a woolly mammoth from the Ice Age.Hepner, who illustrated a map of the excavation area and wrote a brief note about the tooth, is waiting for the fossil to be returned to him.“I would like to have my tooth back in my hands as soon as possible,” Hepner wrote in the letter. “I want to show my friends.”According to National Geographic, the woolly mammoth was almost the same height as an Asian elephant. As herbivores, woolly mammoths ate roughly 496 pounds of aquatic shrubs, grasses, plants, and trees daily. Woolly mammoths had four massive, shoe box-sized teeth (two upper and two lower) to grind up vegetation.More on Geek.com:Fossilized Primate Tooth Helps Fill Gap in Monkey EvolutionDNA From Tooth Solves Shark Bite Mystery, 25 Years LaterScientists ‘Wake Up’ Ancient Woolly Mammoth Cells in High-Tech Experimentlast_img read more