Little Jude Sparks certainly did not expect to fall face to face with an elephant skeleton. But chance has made things right!
While his parents were cycling a little further, Jude, 10, and his brothers were having fun with their walkie-talkies. When suddenly, Jude did not see the obstacle on the ground; hence, he stumbled.
Jude fell right on his face and when he opened his eyes, he was staring at the remains of a one-million-year-old elephant-like creature.
His initial thought was that it was a carcass of a big fat cow.
“I was running farther up and I tripped on part of the tusk. My face landed next to the bottom jaw. I look farther up and there was another tusk,” Jude said via KESQ.
Rather than trying to dig up the fossil themselves, Jude’s parents decided to consult a specialist and turned to the University of New Mexico, where Dr. Peter Houde confirmed their discovery.
No, it was not a cow, but a Stegomastodon skull dating back over a million years!
After seeking permission from the landowner, a team of archaeologists was able to unearth the ancestor of the elephants with care.
Jude Sparks will have realized the dream of many children: play explorer and discover old mysterious bones.