Major Prehistoric Discovery At Elephant Butte: Students Unearth Giant Fossil Of Stegomastodon In New Mexico

Elephant Butte is a small city in New Mexico that calls itself the “Diamond in the Desert.”

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A group of friends celebrating a bachelor party made an astonishing find – a giant fossil of the tusk and skull of what’s believed to be a Stegomastodon.

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Was a giant fossil of Stegomastodon discovered by students at Elephant Butte? – June 2014. Photo: KRQE

Paleontologists there say it looked like a Stegomastodon, a 9-foot tall, 13,000 pound, prehistoric elephant that roamed New Mexico millions of years ago.

Fossil fragments of the same type have previously been found in Elephant Butte Lake State Park, but nothing this complete. This appears to be a major find.

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