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Re: Spring, second of two

Something big like that was found at a consturction site near here
recently - can't remember the details.  I thought that when you found
something like that you were supposed to leave it alone and call somebody
rather than harvest it yourself.  Still, I bet it was pretty exciting for


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "james singer" <jsinger@igc.org>
To: "Chat" <gardenchat@hort.net>
Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 5:22 PM
Subject: [CHAT] Spring, second of two

> The guy who details the nursery's trucks lives on the Myakka river.
> Right on the river; he and his family were flooded out of home for 2
> weeks during the last wet season. But the river is low this time of
> year, and Saturday he decided to take himself upstream and do some
> snorkeling--looking for sharks teeth and such. The rivers of southwest
> Florida are fossil-rich.
> What he found is eye-popping. He found three leg bones and several
> vertebrae of what would appear to be a mastodon. He brought one of the
> leg bones to the nursery today to show it to me. This fossil is about 3
> feet long; at one end [which I take to be the top] is a double ball
> joint in very good condition. The other end looks like it has been
> eroded away. The shank of the bone is at least 5 inches in diameter. A
> very large bone.
> He has a friend who is a paleontologist. He's sending one of the leg
> bones to the paleontologist for a better Ident. He said "You can't
> believe the adrenalin surge after I found the first leg bone. I put the
> skiff under one arm and the bone under the other and walked on top of
> the river all the way home!"
> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> Zone 10
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