Remains of mastodon found at White Sands Missile Range

Remains of mastodon found at White Sands Missile Range
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POSTED: Wednesday, August 6, 2014 - 9:40pm

UPDATED: Friday, August 8, 2014 - 11:41am

An exciting discovery at White Sands Missile Range has the scientific community buzzing.

Parts of a pre-historic mastodon were unearthed last month along an ancient lake bed called Lake Otero. So far just tooth fragments and a tusk have been found, but scientists believe there's a lot more to be dug up.

They're calling the mastodon "Chompers". Scientists believe it likely lived here about 30,000 years ago.

The mastodon is the second to be found in Southern New Mexico this year. In June, campers discovered a nearly whole skull of a stegomastodon along the shores of Elephant Butte Reservoir.

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