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Sumner kids find mastodon tooth

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A 10-year-old Sumner boy and his friends found quite the surprise while playing in a creek near his house over the weekend -- a mastodon tooth that could be up to 20,000 years old.

Chase Redfern, Michael Koch, and Brylie and Brynlee Volker were playing in a creek near their homes when they stumbled across the tooth that was determined to belong to a mastodon.

Mastodons are an extinct group of mammal species related to elephants.

Chase's mother, Amanda Arthur, reached out to the professors at Upper Iowa University to find out if the tooth was authentic.

Dr. Katherine McCarville, an Associate Professor of Geosciences at Upper Iowa University, confirmed to the family that the tooth did in fact belong to a mastodon, and could be up to 20,000 years old.

McCarville said this animal likely lived during the most recent Ice Age that impacted the state of Iowa.

McCarville also explained that because the tooth did not seem very worn by transportation in the river, there may be more remains of the animal nearby.

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