A couple’s pool construction in Las Vegas was hampered when workers discovered a number of rare and large bones in the backyard that were believed to be at least 6,000 to 14,000 years old.
The bones are reportedly from the last Ice Age, which ended about 11,700 years ago. Matt Perkins and his husband recently moved from Washington to a newly built house in Las Vegas.
“We joked on Friday that while they started digging, ‘Oh great, they might find a dinosaur for us and it’ll pay for our pool,'” Perkins and his spouse told KTNV.
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“When they told us they found some fossils, it was obviously a bigger shock to us than we expected,” added Perkins.
The homeowners were greeted at their front door by workers from the pool construction company along with the police on Monday morning.
Investigators found that the bones did not belong to anyone and that the remains were not a problem for local authorities.
Joshua Bonde, director of research for the Nevada Science Center, visited the property Tuesday to inspect the remains.
The bones could belong to a horse or a similarly sized animal, Bonde said. Since the discovery, homeowners have found part of a jawbone with teeth attached.
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While digging for a pool, residents near Floyd Lamb Park found bones that Science Nevada pic.twitter.com/e3ddT2GLlj had found in a horse-sized horse to be between 14,000 and 6,000 years old
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“So this thing is about 4 to 5 feet below the current soil surface, and so the animal probably wandered around the world in southern Nevada, which was nowhere near as populated as it is today,” Bonde told People in the area, and was probably a bit swampy. “
About 14,000 years ago, the area was fed by natural springs and served as a watering hole for wildlife in the Mojave Desert.
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Bonde said property owners are allowed to discover fossils on their land, Bonde said. Perkins wants to preserve the bones and see if the remains can help scientists better understand the history of the planet.