Amazing ancient discovery made by a fossil-hunting diver off the coast of Florida: “Extremely uncommon”

Amazing ancient  Recently, a Florida man diving off the coast of the Sunshine State discovered a prehistoric goldmine.

Approximately 90 miles south of Tampa, on Manasota Key, Lundberg discovered an ancient mastodon tusk while foraging for fossils, as reported by Fox News Digital. Lundberg attended the University of South Florida to study marine biology. The artefact was discovered by him in April.

 

The age of the mastodon tusk is unknown, however it may be millions of years old. Lundberg, 29, claimed to have been a scuba diver for 12 years, but he has been looking for fossils since he was “old enough to walk.”
“My dad would take us out to construction sites all the time to look for fossils as a kid,” Lundberg said.

Amazing ancient discovery made by a fossil-hunting diver off the coast of Florida: "Extremely uncommon"

Amazing ancient  “Finding small pieces and chunks of tusk is common, but finding one this large and well-preserved is very rare,” the hunter stated. “Tusks found in Florida are normally very delicate and usually crumble apart.”

“Although the mastodon has been around since [4 to 3 million years ago], mammoths didn’t arrive in North America until much later, during the Pleistocene ice ages,” according to the National Park Service’s website. From 2.6 million years ago until 11,700 years ago is the Pleistocene period.

Amazing ancient  About 10,500 years ago, American Mastodons went extinct, according to the National Park Service (NPS). From Alaska to Mexico, fossils of the enormous animals have been discovered in both North and Central America.

Despite having a similar progenitor with elephants and mammoths, mastodons are not the same species as mammoths, despite popular assumption to the contrary. The animals might reach a height of ten feet.
“Mastodons did co-exist in many places with mammoths, but all of North America’s proboscideans went extinct by around 10,500 years ago,” the National Park Service stated.

In the event that a fossil hunter is fortunate enough to uncover a prehistoric artefact, Lundberg suggests that they obtain a fossil permit. According to him, fossil permits in the state of Florida only cost $5 apiece.

Amazing ancient discovery made by a fossil-hunting diver off the coast of Florida: "Extremely uncommon"
Amazing ancient  “My best tip is to get out and explore and keep your head down,” he stated. “This stuff is out there and all over the state.”

Lundberg stated that he will preserve the old mastodon tusk until specialists determine it is significant enough to gift.

Amazing ancient  “I plan on keeping it, but I do have to report it at the end of the year to the Florida Museum of Natural History,” added the man. “If they deem it scientifically important, I have to donate it, but that is very unlikely.”
At the time of publication, Fox News Digital has contacted the Florida Museum of Natural History for comment; however, specialists were not available.

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