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#FriFotos: (PRE) Historic

 

Me, Ian and the bone- photo by Peter West Carey

There have been few days in my life that ended like today. I woke up just like I do everyday, excited to live, ready to play and energized for whatever life may throw my way.  Little did I know my night would be capped off by cocktails with a Paleontologist- Dr. Ian Miller (just cool ole Ian to me), and I’d be holding a 100,000 year old mastodon bone that he discovered earlier in the day. Yup- 100 Thousand Years Old!

So, when I found out that the theme for #FriFotos was HISTORY- I knew I had to contribute, as this might be the oldest example shared.  (Some might even say PRE-historic!)

the mastodon's jaw bone and teeth

Late last year, a bulldozer operator discovered a mammoth bone in Snowmass, Colorado, which led to the discovery of an entire ecosystem, including well preserved plants, mammoth and sloth fossils. The bone I’m holding is part of a mastodon’s jaw bone. Ian hold me they were really interested in what is between it’s teeth because it might have been the mastodon’s last meal! How freaking cool is that?!

If you want to stay up to date with my new BBF, Ian, follow him on Twitter @Iandigs or the hashtag #iceagedig.

What’s the oldest thing you’ve touched?