Imagine taking a walk through a wood and seeing a large bone sticking out of the ground. That’s what happened in 1978 to two men who stumbled upon a mammoth bone in a ravine near the Bosque River in Waco, Texas.
Their find was just a hint of what lay in the ground beneath their feet. Archaeologists unearthed several skeletons, including a bull mammoth and a camel that lived approximately 68,000 years ago. According to the National Park Service, the site is the first and only recorded discovery of a nursery herd of Pleistocene mammoths in the United States.
The Waco Mammoth Site is now covered by a shelter in order to keep the bones in an environmentally controlled atmosphere, and it continues to act as a dig site with more bones yet to be discovered.