Derek Demeter and Henry Sadler discovered the four-foot, 50-pound bone within the Peace River close to Acadia final Sunday, calling it an “wonderful” discovery.
“Henry is my dive buddy,” Demeter, Seminole State Planetarium’s director, informed FOX 35 Orlando. “He yelled out to me, mentioned, ‘Hey, Derek. I discovered one thing!’ Oh my goodness!’ It was actually, actually cool.”
The pair consider the bone belonged to a Columbian mammoth, which wandered round Florida between 2.6 million and 10,000 years in the past; nevertheless, the precise age is troublesome to find out.
“This one’s way more dense, so we type of suppose it is someplace within the center. Most likely 100,000 years outdated,” Demeter informed FOX 35.
As novice paleontologists, the pair have dug up quite a lot of different bones: On the identical day, they found elements of an extinct shark and the tooth of a saber-tooth tiger.
Sadler had beforehand discovered mammoth enamel in the identical river.
“The factor I really like about it’s, identical to astronomy, it is time touring. It performs with the creativeness so that you go ‘Wow, what was occurring presently?'” Demeter added.
A number of the earlier discoveries have ended up within the Florida Museum of Pure Historical past, however this latest discover will find yourself in a classroom the place Sadler teaches.
“It is at present sitting within the classroom the place the children are capable of see it, contact it, really feel it and actually get a historical past of the pure world,” Sadler mentioned.
“I speak to my children in regards to the film ‘Ice Age.’ … They’ve heard about saber-toothed tigers, and truly discovering a chunk of a kind of animals and bringing it to life for these children — it’s simply superior.”