Mammoth bone likely over 10,000 years old discovered in Edmonton

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Mammoth bone likely over 10,000 years old discovered in Edmonton

Stacy Long donated this mammoth bone to the Royal Museum in Edmonton.

A teacher at the retreat found a mammoth shoulder blade bone last spring while walking their dogs west of Edmonton. Stacy Long donated her find to the Royal Alberta Museum.

The meter-long piece of bone caught Stacy Long's eye as she enjoyed a walk with her two Great Danes.

Suspecting it might be a historic find, the retired teacher took photos of her find and submitted them to various museums, question to have more informed opinions. The Royal Alberta Museum has agreed to look into the find.

Already, experts believe it is a partial mammoth scapula bone from an adult animal that lived more than 10,000 years ago. They don't yet know what type of mammoth this bone came from.

Two species, the Columbian mammoth and the woolly mammoth are known to have lived in Canada.

Stacy Long surrounded by the Royal Alberta Museum's paleontology team.

Stacy Long donated her find so that others could enjoy it. The find will be added to the museum's research and reference collection.

“I can't wait for little kids to go there, see it and learn from it.

— Stacy Long, retired teacher, Edmonton

Paleontologist Katherine Bramble points out that Ms Long's discovery is special. The Royal Alberta Museum does not have many such specimens. The conservatory holds another scapula belonging to a young mammoth, not an adult.

“It's not common to find the bones of mammoths as is the case for example with dinosaurs.

— Katherine Bramble, paleontologist at the Royal Alberta Museum

She adds that most mammoth specimens are found in sand and gravel pits. She and her colleagues are happy that a member of the public found one in a different context.

Katherine Bramble explains that the museum will compare Stacy's bone Long to other mammoth bones that have been discovered. Staff could also use radiocarbon dating to determine his exact age.

At this time, the Royal Alberta Museum does not wish to disclose the exact location where the discovery was made. He wants to prevent people from searching the area. Its team of experts intends to do research in the field in the spring.

Stacy Long, an explorer soul.

This is not the first time the former teacher has made a discovery of the genre.

She previously found part of the tibia bone of a hadrosaur, which the Royal Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller identified for her.

< p class="e-p">She also discovered what the Royal Alberta Museum believes to be the partial skull of an ancient bison.

With the information from Madeleine Cummings