Michigan girl finds elk skeleton relic

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. Radiocarbon dating tests show an elk skeleton found in Benzie County is more than 120 years old and is likely from an extinct subspecies.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports Wednesday that 10-year-old Sonja Daniels Moehle found the remains in a lake. She and her family contacted experts and had the bones tested.

A New Mexico State University elk expert explained to the family how to read the results. The test shows within 95 percent certainty that the elk lived between 1720 and 1890.

The family plans to do DNA testing to determine whether it's more genetically similar to other elk species or red deer. They created a website and online campaign to help raise money for testing.

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