A 9-year-old Michigan boy stumbled across something, literally, that, it turns out, is a mastodon tooth.
A 9-year-old Eaton County boy made an archaeological find of a lifetime when he stepped barefoot on a 10,000-year-old mastodon tooth.
The Lansing State Journal reports that Phillip Stoll was exploring the creek behind his Windsor Township house with a friend when he made the discovery. The boy is known as "Huckleberry Phil" in his neighborhood.
His mother, Heidi Stoll, did a little computer work that led her to believe it was a mastodon tooth. The family emailed a photo to Jim Harding, a Michigan State University herpetologist and wildlife outreach specialist. He recently confirmed the suspicion.
Harding says mastodon bones are found every three to four years in the state. Two boys found a mastodon axis bone in Shelby Township in 2012.