12,000-Year-Old Tooth Belonging to a Mastodon Discovered By a Six-Year-Old Boy In Michigan. He’s donating it to University of Michigan.

Submitted by yunusemrejr on Tue, 10/05/2021 - 08:07

This lucky little man is probably the first to put hands on the valuable tooth in most probably thousands of years, according to what a local paleontology museum collection's manager said. The 12,000-year-old tooth has been identified as a tooth that belonged to a juvenile mastodon. While hiking with his family through the Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester Hills on Labor Day, six-year-old Julian Gagnon found a priceless souvenir. Feeling something under his foot while walking through a stream, the boy reached down and plucked a 12,000-year-old fossilized molar of a juvenile mastodon out of the mud. “Wow! I found a dragon’s tooth!” He exclaimed. Initially, Julian’s father Brian Gagnon dismissed the discovery as one more thing they’d have to carry home, encouraging his son to throw it back into the creek. Luckily, the boy’s mom Mary thought otherwise. Given the name of the park it was found in, the family thought that maybe they had a dinosaur tooth on their hands. The reality of the specimen ended up being much more exciting and important of a discovery.



source: https://allthatsinteresting.com/julian-gagnon-mastodon-tooth

source: https://www.mlive.com/news/ann-arbor/2021/09/mastodon-tooth-found-by-6-year-old-on-a-hike-hes-donating-it-to-the-university-of-michigan.html