The prehistoric bone fragment is probably from a mastodon or mammoth, the officials said.
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A construction crew in Cape Coral, Florida, in June, discovered what is believed to be a bone fragment of a mastodon or mammoth, a report released Friday said.
The fragment was discovered underground by crews working on the city’s utilities expansion project, The Fort Myers News-Press reported. It is believed to be a part of the animal’s humerus bone, according to The Cape Coral Daily Breeze.
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It is not entirely clear how old it is; The News-Press reported could be more than two million years old, while NBC2 puts it at somewhere between 12,000 and 250,000 years.
What’s more, archaeologists think that there were fossils in the area.
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“It is a fairly large bone fragment and is likely not the only bone in the area,” Ryan Franklin, the assistant director of the Archaeological and Historical Conservancy Inc., was called, about the find, told The Cape Coral Daily Breeze.
The bone fragment, which was about one foot in length and 10 cm wide, will be donated to the Cape Coral Historical Museum.
Madeline Farber is a Reporter for Fox News. You can follow her on Twitter @MaddieFarberUDK.