What’s between a rock and a tough place?

The answer is a 12,000-year-old uncommon mastodon tooth.

Last month on the Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve, WDIV reported, 6-year-old Julian Gagnon was strolling together with his household when on the bottom he noticed what they thought was a regular rock or a dinosaur tooth. 

“I just felt something on my foot and I grabbed it up, and it kind of looked like a tooth,” he mentioned.


It was a mastodon tooth, a fast search on Google revealed. 

“At first I thought I was going to get money. I was gonna get a million dollars. So embarrassing right now,” Julian mentioned concerning the tooth of the extinct animals that date again 12,000 years.

The tooth is discovering a brand new dwelling with the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontologists.

“Honestly, I’m a little jealous, personally, because mining fossils is something that I wish I could do every day,” mentioned Abby Drake with University of Michigan Museum of Natural History.

“It’s hard to be preserved as a fossil when an animal dies, most of the time it is scavenged,” Drake added.

The uncommon discover is unimaginable. 

“The great thing about nature is you never know what you’re going to find and that even if you are an expert, it doesn’t mean that you’re going to be the one to find things,” mentioned Amanda Felk, program director at Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve.

Julian’s future has been modified by his superb discovery.

“I really wanted to be an archaeologist, but I think that was a sign that I’m going to be a paleontologist,” he mentioned.