A 9-year-old boy walking through the New Mexico desert stumbled upon an extremely rare find—a million-year-old Stegomastodon fossil.
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While hiking with his family, the boy literally tripped over the fossil as it protruded from the ground. Stegomastodons were ancient tusked mammals, distant cousins to mammoths and modern elephants. They lived an estimated 1.2 million years ago. Only a couple hundred Stegomastodon fossils have been discovered in the world. The fossil was eventually excavated and brought to a museum.
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