"It turns out it was the tibia which is the shinbone of a mastodon," explained Department of Natural Resources senior geologist John Calder. "From what they told me, Lawrence MacNeil and fellow worker Sandy MacLeod carefully took out the bone and looking around found about six other bones and some fragments."
dump truck loads of material taken from the area where the bones were located.
Calder said gypsum formed when a sea evaporated across the Maritimes about 330 million years ago. Water created caves and hollows in the gypsum that had been filled in with peat and muck.
of mastodon bones found in the Maritimes. in 1991. There was also a femur found in Middle River years ago and three molars were found by fishermen off Georges Bank.
When the bones were discovered, about a week ago, plant manager Byron MacMillan moved the operation to a different section of the quarry.
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are going to send off a piece of bone and wood for carbon 14 dating to Woods Hole Oceanographic in the (United) States," he said. "This will determine if they can get a more accurate Miu Miu Mini Wallet date, that will be really fascinating. Carbon 14 dating is a way of dating organic material that is younger than 50,000 years. "
Mastodon bones found at Little Narrows Gypsum in Cape Breton
"Back in the ice age these creatures had been probably walking across a bog, stepped into a particularly deep spot, sunk down under their great weight. They were mired in these sinkholes and couldn't get out," Calder said. "If you were to write a manual on how to trap a mastodon in the ice age, this would be how to do it."
"The company has offered to gradually spread the material with their machines so we can see if there is any other bone material," Calder said. "They took such care of the fossils, that's not making them any money, they are just being good citizens doing the right thing."
Calder visited the quarry this week along with a curator from the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History in Halifax. The bones have since been taken to the museum where it is expected they will eventually be on display.
"I'm so impressed with the company, these guys who are all local, they did the right thing including the plant manager," Calder said. "This is exciting, it is important. These things aren't found every day. "
"The main big bone was in two pieces and there were several other bones about 50 feet below the surface," MacMillan said. "It is the nature of the operation for workers to be on the lookout for anything unusual, teeth often fall off loaders or dozers, so the guys are always alert."
Calder will be back at the site within a week or so to check for more bones.
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