3 Boys Make Ancient Find on Spring Break
They discovered mastodon jawbone on family land
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 28, 2018 12:05 AM CDT
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Shawn Sellers, left, Michael Mahalitc, and Caid Sellers display the lower left jawbone of a mastodon they found in a plowed-up area of their family's property in the Bovina area in Vicksburg, Miss.   (John Surratt/The Vicksburg Post via AP)

(Newser) – Three boys have found a part of a mastodon jawbone while exploring family property in Mississippi. The Vicksburg Post reports that two brothers and a cousin made the discovery on plowed land near Bovina, a small community east of the Mississippi River. The three were on spring break from school when they found something they initially thought was a log, then saw that it had teeth. Lynett Welch, mother of the two brothers, says her husband took the item to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science in Jackson, where paleontology curator George Phillips confirmed it was a lower left jawbone from a mastodon. Phillips says finding half of a mastodon's lower jaw is "very extraordinary," the AP reports.

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