Quincy man sinks his teeth into the quest to date a fossil

Quincyan Steve Tieken holds the mastodon tooth that was found in 1957 near the bed of Lima Lake in northwest Adams County.
Quincyan Steve Tieken holds the mastodon tooth that was found in 1957 near the bed of Lima Lake in northwest Adams County.

2008-04-19 - Lima, United States , EDWARD HUSAR

Thousands of years ago, the seed of a mystery was planted when a hulking, furry creature the size of a modern-day elephant keeled over and died along a bluff in the northwest corner of Adams County. The carcass of this giant mastodon, a prehistoric species that roamed Illinois until about 11,000 years ago, eventually disappeared, covered by the erosive forces of nature and the sands of time. Then one day in 1957, a farmer named Arthur Andrew was walking along the bluff, several miles southeast o...

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