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Bachelor party makes historic discovery in New Mexico

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Thursday, June 12, 2014, 5:25 PM - This is one bachelor party that will definitely go down in the history books.

Antonio Gradillas and his friends were recently celebrating a bachelor party at Elephant Butte Lake in New Mexico when they stumbled upon an ancient skeleton.

"We were cruising by and we see a large tusk coming out of the ground," Gradillas KRQE News.

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The group started digging and eventually unearthed a large skull, which they initially thought belonged to a woolly mammoth.

Image screengrab courtesy: YouTube/KRQE

They sent pictures to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque -- and it turns out the skull more likely belonged to a  Stegomastodon -- a 13,000 pound, two-metre tall beast that roamed the area between 40 and 60 million years ago.

Gary Morgan of the museum told KRQE that the skull looks like it is "virtually 100 percent complete", adding that he's never seen anything like it in his 30-year career.

The museum plans to put the skull on display once it's cleaned out. Right now, it could weigh up to 1,000 pounds on account of it being full of sand.


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