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Iowa kayaker unearths piece of distant past

Bill Marnin of Stuart found this tooth while kayaking on the Middle Raccoon River near Redfield. Marnin had stopped for lunch on a sandbar on the river when he saw what he thought was an old egg carton sticking out of the ground. Bill Johnson, curator of
Bill Marnin of Stuart found this tooth while kayaking on the Middle Raccoon River near Redfield. Marnin had stopped for lunch on a sandbar on the river when he saw what he thought was an old egg carton sticking out of the ground. Bill Johnson, curator of


2007-06-19 - Des Moines, United States , Tom Alex

Bill Marnin of Stuart was looking for peace and quiet, not a piece of history, when he launched his kayak for a trip on the Middle Raccoon River. Instead, he stumbled on a tooth from an elephant-like creature that disappeared from North America about 10,000 years ago. Bill Johnson, curator of the State Historical Museum of Iowa in Des Moines, said Marnin's discovery, made last month on a sandbar near Redfield, is a very good example of a molar from a young to middle-age adult mastodon that lived...



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