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article imageVideo: Man digs up mammoth in his yard, keeps it in living room

By JohnThomas Didymus     Jun 6, 2012 in Science
Oskaloosa - An Iowa farmer found woolly mammoth fossils in his backyard in Oskaloosa. According to experts, the farmer may have an entire skeleton of a mammoth that died 14,000 years ago. He insists he is keeping his fossil treasure in his living room.
The farmer who gave his name as John, said he plans to keep the fossils for himself. His living room is stacked full of mammoth vertebrae, ribs and a gigantic five-foot femur.
According to Daily Mail, John and his sons found the mammoth fossils about two years ago. WOI-TV reports John describes the moment he and his sons found the mammoth femur with a "knee joint the size of a soccer ball": "I got down on my hands and knees on the bank and I could see a marrow line around the edge of this and I said boys, that's a bone, that's a really big bone."
According to WOI-TV, John recently invited an expert in vertebrate paleontology, Professor Holmes Semken, to help with digging out the fossil. Daily Mail reports the retired professor brought along students with shovels and small digging spades who set to work unearthing what experts believe is a complete skeleton of an Ice Age mammoth.
According to Professor Semken, the find gives very important clues about Iowa flora and fauna of the Ice Age. Semken told WOI-TV, "It's what most of us here find interesting.The mammoth is just a great plus." WOI-TV reports the team hopes to dig up the skull of the mammoth in a few weeks.
John, who says he really does not know what to do with the bones, hopes to keep them. He said in response to the question what he intends to do with them: "Build another room off the side of the home and put it together? I don't know, I haven't decided yet." But he admits, "Sometimes I get tired of moving bones around from one spot to the other."
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