U-M-led team recovers ‘most complete Michigan mastodon skeleton in many decades’ from Thumb site

Tuscola County teachers joined a UM-led team last fall to help recover the most complete ice age mastodon skeleton found in Michigan since the 1940s.

More than 75 complete or nearly complete bones, accounting for 60-70 percent of the extinct mammal’s skeletal mass, were recovered during the four-day dig at the Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning near Mayville, in Michigan’s Thumb region.

The excavation was a joint project between U-M and the Fowler Center. The dig team included 10 Tuscola County teachers, as well U-M undergraduate and graduate students and staff members from the school’s Museum of Paleontology and its Museum of Natural History.

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