In 2010, John was searching for berries when he found something that shocked the world. He accidentally stumbled upon a 12,000 year old secret!
We’ll talk all about how he made the discovery and what happened afterwards. So, let’s get right into it.
AN ORDINARY DAY IN IOWA
This family lives in Iowa on a piece of land that was built on a dried creek. They were digging as like they used to until John struck something. John and his children started digging around the object, and they had no idea what John just hit was a 12,000 year old object.
THE ENORMOUS BONE
“Boys, that’s a bone. A really big one”. The description was on point as the bone belonged to a gigantic prehistoric animal. Instead of running around telling everyone about their discovery, John kept the discovery a secret and kept digging around the object for the next two years secretly.
CALLING FOR HELP
John soon realized the extent of the project at hand, and they decided to call in the experts from the Iowa Museum of Natural History. The experts concluded that the bones were actually from a massive woolly mammoth skeleton. As a matter of fact, the place was actually a mini graveyard with three woolly mammoths.
The archaeologists declared that the mammoths were actually of Colombian decent. They lived throughout the North American Continent. They were actually the last of their race to go extinct.
Upon further inspection, the experts found traces of a much smaller woolly mammoth that wasn’t found in Iowa. Apparently, this made the find a masterpiece and changed the way that archaeologists though about animal interaction 12,000 years ago.
The researchers found traces on animal bites on the bones of these mammoths. As of yet, they have no idea have those bites happened or what animal caused them. Hopefully, the discovery of these bones could answer that question.
WORK GOES ON
More and more researchers are working on the site. Dave Brenzel, a naturalist said that they’ve been looking for mammoths for the past 150 years. John wonders what he is supposed to do as there are hundreds of people at his backyard everyday.
IOWA WAS LIKE CANADA?
Scientists also took some plant samples from around the site and there was something different about the samples. Naturalist Laura DeCook told the reporters that the samples showed traces of fir and spruce that would indicate an arboreal forest. The closest forest of this type was in Canada, so this proves that Iowa was completely different back then.
This amazing discovery actually helped scientists understand a lot of things about Mammoths that they previously didn’t know. Professor Holmes Semken actually things that they will actually be able to understand how the mammoths lived and exactly how they died in just a few years.
DONATING THEIR DISCOVERY
Normally, a discovery of this scale belonged to the owner of the land. John could have gotten millions for this discovery, but instead, he donated it all to science and didn’t take a buck.