A puppy has dug up a 13,000 year-old woolly mammoth tooth in the back garden of his owner’s home.
Eight-month-old Labrador Scout found the ancient artefact while digging a hole in the yard in Whidbey Island, Washington.
Owner, Kirk Lacewell, said that he thought the pooch was carrying a rock or piece of wood.
Scout was carrying the item around the following day when Mr Lacewell noticed that it looked ‘odd’.
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Eight-month-old labrador Scout (pictured) found the ancient artefact while digging a hole in the yard in Whidbey Island, Washington
‘Part of it looked like bone. It looked like bone that had a covering over it and it was partly worn off,’ Lacewell said.
He sent pictures to experts at the University of Washington’s Burke Museum who confirmed that the item was a woolly mammoth tooth, dating back 13,000 years.
‘I can’t remember a time when a dog helped uncover a fossil,’ museum spokeswoman Andrea Godinez said.
Other mammoth teeth and bones have been found on the Whidbey island.
The extinct giant animals were widespread in the area of Washington during the last Ice Age.
‘Quite a few mammoth teeth and some bones have been found on Whidbey, which is largely composed of Ice Age sediments,’ Elizabeth A. Nesbitt, curator of paleontology at Burke Museum.