A 16-year-old high school student stumbled upon what archaeologists say could be the biggest fossil find in Pinellas County in nearly a century. A shiny black rock caught Sierra Sarti-Sweeney's eye as she was taking pictures last month in Boca Ciega Mille
"I looked down and saw a huge bone that could not be a rock. Most of it was exposed, but we dug and found that it was bigger and bigger. I thought, 'Oh my gosh, what are these? Are they people bones?'" she said.
The jaw and tooth weigh 65 pounds and are about a yard long. Sarti-Sweeney took the bones home and, after some online research with her older brother, determined the football-sized rock was actually the tooth of a long-extinct mammoth.
The experts confirm it. Digging at the site also found teeth and other bomes from a second mammoth, giant sloths, camels, turtles with shells 6-feet-long, saber-toothed cats and huge armadillos the size of Volkswagen Beetles. They think the remains are between 10,000 and 100,000 years old. I am sure that the teenager is super excited over his find. Can you imagine being a teenager and making a discovery like that. He must feel like Indiana Jones. Quite an amazing find as well. One can easily imagine those huge armadillos lumbering around in search of food. I can't wait to hear about what else might be in that area.