Daisy and the Mammoth Bone

Daisy, a wired haired dachshund, must have thought she was in doggie heaven when she came across a bone almost as big as she was on her walk along the shoreline the other day. Sticks, seaweed and dead fish are all normal finds for her but this was one mammoth bone!! Really, it was a mammoth bone, as in prehistoric, fossil, archidiskodon meridionalis.

Archidiskodon meridionalis or Southern Elephant, as identified by Bob Markham, chairman of a local geology group, lived between 1.75million and two million years ago during the Pliocene or Pleistocene era and grew up to 14ft high, weighing in at 16 tons

Daisy looked rather pleased with herself although she couldn’t budge the 13in, 8lb thigh bone section of the mammoth that was sticking up out of the sand.

“We were walking along the beach when Daisy spotted this object halfway between the high tide and low water mark,” said Mr Smith, a 69-year-old retired turf salesman from Witham, Essex. “She just stood there looking at it, so I went over to see what it was. There was about 6in of it sticking in the sand, so I pulled it out.”

Markham said, “The bone is very thick because it would have had to support the weight of the elephant. Remains like this are quite common in the area, but it was a wonderful achievement for a little dog to find it. She may have thought it looked quite appetizing and there may well be a very small percentage of amino acids still left in it. It would certainly have been very tasty a couple of million years ago, when it would have had bits of fat attached to it – but it is now heavily mineralized with iron oxide.”

Like I said, now that’s a bone!! 🙂 Hopefully little Daisy was compensated for the loss of her found treasure with at least a nice edible bone!

Source – The Daily Mail

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