Near-complete skeleton of mammoth discovered by North Texas family

August 27, 2014 3:40 AM

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The skeleton of a woolly mammoth in pristine condition has been found in North Texas by a family digging on their land. Members of the McEwen family were digging a gravel pit on their ranch in Ellis County, just south of Dallas, when they made the discovery. The family have since decided to donate the nearly-complete skeleton, said to be between 20-60,000 years old to Dallas’ Perot Museum of Nature and Science.

In a news release, Wayne McEwen, whose son and grandson discovered the skeleton, stated in a press release that the process has been one of excitement and joy. “We were very excited to discover the mammoth in our sand pit and realize it was 90 percent complete. One of the greatest joys in this whole...

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