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Mastodon bones found in southern Indiana now at state museum

Workers found most of a tusk, two limb bones and a jawbone with teeth while installing sewer lines across a farm near Seymour.
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The large bones of a mastodon found last month in southern Indiana are becoming part of the Indiana State Museum's collection of the ancient, elephant-like mammals.  

Workers found most of a tusk, two limb bones and a jawbone with teeth while installing sewer lines across a farm near Seymour about 60 miles (96 kilometers) south of Indianapolis.

State museum officials say the bones are estimated to be between 10,000 and 13,000 years old and from a mastodon standing about 9 feet (2.7 meters) tall. Museum staffers plan on spending the next year studying the bones and doing preservation work on them.

Credit: WHAS11

The bones will be available for future exhibitions at the downtown Indianapolis museum.

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