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RE: Spring, second of two

Jim, I can appreciate how excited your friend must be.  That's one my
husband's fields and he excavated a mastodon that was found during some
road construction here. He's still got the skull in his lab at the
museum(the skeleton had suffered some serious damage) trying to fit
together thousands of tiny pieces that were recovered and reconstruct
the whole. A most interesting jigsaw puzzle! 

Zone 7 - West TN  

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-gardenchat@hort.net [mailto:owner-gardenchat@hort.net] On
Behalf Of james singer
Sent: Tuesday, March 02, 2004 4:22 PM
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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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