Julian Gagnon was walking with his family when on the ground he saw what were a standard rock or dinosaur tooth
What is between a rock and a hard place?
NS answer There is a rare mastodon tooth that is 12,000 years old.
Last month at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, WDIV reported, 6-year-old Julian Gagnon was walking with his family when he saw on the ground what were a standard rock or dinosaur teeth.
“I just felt something on my leg and I grabbed it, and it looked like a dent,” he said.
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It was a mastodon tooth, a quick Google search revealed.
“At first I thought I’d get money. I’d get a million dollars. So embarrassing right now,” Julian said of the teeth of extinct animals dating back 12,000 years.
The tooth is finding a new home with the University of Michigan’s Museum of Paleontologists.
“Honestly, I’m a little jealous personally, because mining fossils is something I wish I could do every day,” said Abby Drake of the University of Michigan Museum of Natural History.
“When an animal dies it is difficult to preserve it as a fossil, most of the time it is cleaned up,” Drake said.
The rare find is incredible.
“The great thing about nature is that you never know what you’re going to find and even if you’re an expert, that doesn’t mean you’re going to find things,” said Amanda Felk, program Dinosaurs. Director of Hill Nature Preserve.
Julian’s future is changed by his amazing discovery.
“I really wanted to be an archaeologist, but I think it was a sign that I was going to be a paleontologist,” he said.