State museum displays mastodon bones found in Allen County

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Mastodon bones that were dug up from a Fort Wayne-area peat bog are now on display at the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis.

The Ice Age relative of the elephant was nine feet tall and weighted 6,000 pounds. It was discovered by Dan Buesching on his family farm in Allen County in 1998.

After he found the skull, his family drained the bog so researchers from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne could recover the bones. Eighty percent of the skeleton was found, including five throat bones that state museum curator Ronald Richards says are almost never left intact.

A replica is displayed at Science Central in Fort Wayne, but until now the bones themselves have never been available for the public to see in Indiana.

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