A couple in Las Vegas said they would have to wait to continue building their pool after construction crews unearthed a set of bones dating back to Earth’s most recent ice age. Matt Perkins, the homeowner, said police and crime scene investigators were at his house on Monday morning to analyze the bones.
Perkins told local media, “The pool guy said he was going to come to check out the pool. We assume that was normal; we wake up he’s out front with the police.” The pool builders discovered the bones about five feet below ground. After an investigation, police have determined that the bones did not belong to a human and raised no law enforcement concerns.
Nevada Science Center Research Director Joshua Bonde said the bones are between 6,000 and 14,000 years old and are those of a horse or similar large mammal. The backyard discovery came near Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, where rare fossils such as mammoths have been unearthed before.
Discovered fossils belong to the owners of the property they were found on. Perkins is deciding how best to preserve the fossil.
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