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Bachelor party discovers ancient fossils

N.M. Bachelor Party Stumbles Upon Giant Fossil

Probably the last thing you would expect to happen at a bachelor party is a scientific discovery. But that's exactly what happened in New Mexico.

"As we were coming back down the shore, I see something in the ground."

KOB-TV reports "Yeah, that 'something' was a huge fossil!"

Antonio Gradillas and his bachelor buddies were hiking around Elephant Butte Lake State Park about 150 miles outside of Albuquerque when they made the discovery.

When the guys first spotted the giant fossil, they said they thought it was a woolly mammoth. But when they sent pictures to the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque, the scientists there said it looked more like a Stegomastodon, a 9-foot tall, 13,000-pound, prehistoric pachyderm that roamed New Mexico millions of years ago.

The scientists there said it looked more like a Stegomastadon, a 9-foot tall, 13,000 pound, prehistoric pachyderm that roamed New Mexico millions of years ago.

​Think a jumbo dumbo, or giant elephant. Which makes sense, they were at Elephant Butte Lake. KRQE has a closer look at their massive find.

​​"The area has been blocked off so paleontologists can work to excavate the fossil and confirm what it is. The public is asked to stay away and help protect the area."

One of those researchers, Gary Morgan, told CBS he's never seen anything like the fossil in his 30-year career. "(The skull) looks virtually 100 percent complete, a very important scientific discovery that we may put on public display."

Excavation is only expected to take about six hours – but will require some pretty heavy-duty machinery. The skull is filled with sand, and might weigh as much as 1,000 pounds.

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Security Man June 12 2014 at 11:24 AM

Does ANYONE proof read anymore? Look at paragraphs 5 and 6. Really? I got the point the first time!

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Meccia Security Man June 12 2014 at 11:45 AM

Yes, they had to repeat the whole sentence because they did not enter that it roamed in New Mexico and as for the following sentence, just some attempt at bad humor.

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spock21757 Security Man June 12 2014 at 1:32 PM

sorry your perfect

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AZ Stang spock21757 June 12 2014 at 7:11 PM

'you're', not 'your'

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Tom spock21757 June 13 2014 at 12:06 AM

AZ Stang,
Shouldn't it be "you're, not "your?" Quotes, not apostrophes?

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nlknlk7442 June 12 2014 at 2:31 PM

If the skull weighs 1000 lbs and is filled with sand, it surely belongs to a liberal politician. Is Obama missing?

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Kate June 12 2014 at 11:50 AM

How exciting! I bet the researchers are thrilled, and I hope that it does end up on display-- then we can all see pictures of it.

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mike.scseplakeland June 12 2014 at 12:00 PM

"Ancient fossils"? Is there another kind?

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cqdeed mike.scseplakeland June 12 2014 at 4:42 PM

Well, there are new fossils but those are mostly counterfeit.

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audre22 June 12 2014 at 1:02 PM

Yes, I do think we have or soon will have the capability to create a woolly mammoth from DNA. Whether this is a good idea is debateable. Where would it live? What about a mate? What would they eat? What about climate? I would say to keep the DNA viable, so when we either live on other planets or have made the moon habitable, we can then re-create some of these animals. What we need to do is get DNA of all the endangered species now so we can keep our own animals alive and well. Thank you!

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ganderrrr June 12 2014 at 12:40 PM

Bachelor party? Fossils?

I'm disappointed. I thought the article would be about 50+ year old strippers.

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Pope John June 12 2014 at 12:27 PM

So they got some head at a bachelor party.

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BoB Pope John June 13 2014 at 1:14 AM

good one!

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riverwildboarder June 12 2014 at 11:39 AM

"When the guys first spotted the giant fossil, they said they thought it was a woolly mammoth." Then when they sobered up they realized they had just had too much to drink.

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Buckingham's June 13 2014 at 2:01 AM

I bet those scientists have a bone to pick with you.

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hark4109 June 12 2014 at 10:23 PM

Wonder who the girl was at the party?

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