This Boy Accidentally Discover Fossils Millions Of Years Old

While walking through the desert near Las Cruces, New Mexico, boy 9-year-old boy tripped over one of the rarest discoveries in that country.
This Boy Accidentally Discover Fossils Millions Of Years Old
A boy tripped while walking, found fossils millions of years old. (National Geographic)
"There are more fossils of which I guess in New Mexico," said Spencer Lucas, curator of paleontology at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science. Lucas commented on the excavation of fossils recently found in the desert near Las Cruces, New Mexico, last November.

While exploring the mountainous region of the Organ with both parents and two of her brothers, Jude Sparks who was then 9 years old stumbles something protruding from the surface.

In an interview with the El Paso ABC affiliate KVIA, Sparks, told reporters that he immediately disclose the findings to his brother, Hunter.

"Hunter said it was just a big cow carcasses and I don't know what it is. I just know that it was unusual "objects," said Sparks.

However, the findings are not big beef carcasses. Stegomastodon is ancient, ancient mammals, which lived around 1.2 million years ago. Stegomastodons is a family of large tusked elephant Gomphotheres, a distant cousin of ancient mammoths and modern-day elephants.

That night, the old man Jude meets New Mexico State University, Professor Peter Houde. Houde and family Spark back into a place of discovery, finding the entire skull.

After getting the funds, looking for volunteers, and coordinate the time of excavation will take place, the University team and the family Sparks returned to the site to dig up the remnants.

A week after the excavation, the fragile piece — called Houde as "thin egg shells" — brought to National Geographic. The fossils can hope Houde exhibited.

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