Family discovers rare intact mammoth skeleton
Ron S. Tykoski of the Perot Museum of Natural History on Friday excavates a preserved mammoth skeleton found by gravel pit owner Wayne McEwen, in Ellis County, Texas. A nearly complete mammoth skeleton, intact and unmolested by scavengers, was found at McEwen’s farm lying on a bed of sand where the creature died 20,000 to 40,000 years ago. Michael Ainsworth/The Dallas Morning News
Posted: Monday, August 25, 2014 5:43 pm
DALLAS — Wayne McEwen’s 138-acre farm in southern Ellis County produces hay, cattle and — from the gravel pit on his property — the occasional arrowhead or shark tooth.
His son and grandson were gathering road bedding material from the pit in May when McEwen’s excavator hit something even more rare: a 6-foot mammoth tusk. It was the first clue to what would become an unusual paleontological find.
Monday, August 25, 2014 5:43 pm.