Family Dog Finds 13,000-Year-Old Artifact On A Backyard Dig

Lori Ennis
by Lori Ennis
Dogs are diggers, that’s for sure, and one very good digging dog has made quite a historic discovery!

An 8-month-old yellow lab named Scout may just have himself a new career…canine archaeologist. And on his resume? Digging up a woolly mammoth tooth thought by experts to be at least 13,000 years old.

Yes, 13,000!

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Scout and his family call Whidbey Island, Washington home, and Scout was doing what dogs do–digging holes to China. This time, however, his papa Kirk Lacewell said they noticed that Scout was carrying something around.

They thought he’d picked up some rock or piece of wood, but on the second day of carrying it around, Lacewell thought he’d check into what was so special about Scout’s find.

Lacewell thought it looked like a bone, a little, and after cleaning it off some, realized it was definitely not a rock. The family sent pictures to the scientists at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum and they were shocked to find that the ‘rock’ was actually a woolly mammoth tooth.

A very, very old woolly mammal tooth. Andrea Godinez is the museum spokesperson and said that mammoth teeth and bones have been found on the island before. Just never by a dog in a backyard exploration.

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Elizabeth A. Nesbitt is the curator of paleontology at Burke Museum who believes that Scout had quite the nice find.

Such a nice find that though the Lacewells get to keep it, they’ve decided they’ll keep it on the mantle in their living room…so Scout isn’t tempted to go woolly mammoth chasing!

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