We all know that dogs like to dig to hide their favorite bone or toy from the world.
However, Scout, who’s now 8 months old, decided to dig a little deeper. He decided to dig a lot deeper. Scout is a Labrador Retriever from Whidbey Island, Washington. In September of 2018 the puppy dug up a 13,000-year-old Woolly Mammoth fossilized tooth. Maybe you could say he was ambitious.
Reported by Komo News, based in Seattle, the adventures dog’s owner Kirk Lacewell observed Scout carrying something in his mouth. Figuring it was just a branch or maybe a rock, Lacewell didn’t give the object much thought so he left his new puppy to play with it.
When Scout was just as eager the next day to play with his new find Lacewell decided to check it out. After hosing it down and drying the object he shockingly realized it was a bone.
But he was a little uncertain. So, Lacewell took some pictures and sent them to the University of Washington’s Burke Museum to have paleontologists look at it. The actual origin of the find and its estimated age were determined by the scientists.
“Teeth typically preserve much longer than any other parts of the mammoth,” said the marketing director of the Burke Museum, Andrea Godinez. Because of the many fossils that were discovered at Whidbey Island it become known to of had many Woolly Mammoths at one time. The species went extinct approximately 11,000 years ago at the end of the Ice Age.
They’re plenty of Mammoth fossils so the museum decided not to acquire it for study. They had to admit though that the puppy excavator was extraordinary.
“I can’t remember a time when a dog helped uncover a fossil,” Godinez said. Dogs are much better at finding things.
On his living room mantle is where Lacewell decided to display the tooth. It looks good there, but Scout can’t get to it as well.
Oh well, I’m sure he’ll find another treasure soon.
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