2.5 million-year-old bone fragment found on Cape Coral city land
Published: August 11, 2018 9:29 AM EDT Updated: August 11, 2018 9:49 AM EDT - Advertisement -
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Cape Coral UEP project creates possible detours for several schoolsCAPE CORAL 2.5 million-year-old bone fragment found on Cape Coral city land Published: August 11, 2018 9:29 AM EDT Updated: August 11, 2018 9:49 AM EDT
A plot of land in Cape Coral might not look like much, but 2.5 million years ago mammoths and mastodons roamed the ground here.
Crews working on the cape coral utilities project found a prehistoric bone fragment last month 13 feet deep in the earth.
âThatâs crazy.â said resident Pedro Rios, âWell, thereâs all those theories of evolution but then you see something like that locally.â
The bone fragment measuring about a foot in length and 10 inches wide is believed to be either a mastodon or a wooly mammoth.
Itâs the end of a humerus bone that connects the shoulder to the elbow.
Ethan Soehnlein of Cape Coral â[Itâs] a big big animal, like elephants today, but mammoths were much, much bigger â¦ Iâd never expect to find a mammoth bone in my home city.â
While archaeologist canât put an exact date on it, they believe itâs at least 2.5 million years old, well before humans lived in this part of the world.
âI think thatâs crazy because thatâs a big piece of history and who knows there might be more,â Soehnlein said.
The field report does say thereâs probably more fossils like it nearby, but the land belongs to the City of Cape Coral and their project will continue.
Rios, however, would like to know if thereâs more, saying âI guess I understand keeping a schedule, but if you could pause even for a second, just to see if thereâs something else what would be cool.â
For now, the fossil has a new home in the Cape Coral historical societyâs collection, which will put it on display so everyone can come meet one of their prehistoric neighbors.
If the fossil was found on state-owned land it would be mandated they stop the project and look for more fossils.
The historical society says theyâre planning a reveal for the prehistoric fossil next month.Source: Google News US Science | Netizen 24 United States