The Pool Installation That Just Unearthed one of the Most Incredible Finds of the Century

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A Las Vegas couple says their ongoing pool construction hit a little bit of a snag after workers unearthed a set of bones, which turned out to be a rare find. The bones are believed to be up to 14,000 years old and date back to Earth’s most recent ice age.

Pool installers discover ancient bones in Las Vegas

Matt Perkins and his husband recently moved from Washington state to a newly-built home on the north side of Las Vegas. They were looking forward to their new six-foot deep pool until Las Vegas police showed up at their home on Monday.

During the excavation process, the pool builders dug up a set of bones that were approximately four to five feet below ground level.

“Monday morning we woke up and the pool guy said he was going to come to check out the pool,” Perkins said. “We assume that was normal, we wake up he’s out front with the police.”

Police and crime scene investigators determined the bones did not belong to a human and the remains were not of any law enforcement concern.

“We had joked on Friday that while they started digging, ‘Oh great maybe they will find a dinosaur for us and it will pay for our pool,” Perkins said. “Obviously, when they told us they found some fossils, that was more of a shock to us than we were expecting.”

Joshua Bonde, the director of research of the Nevada Science Center, visited the backyard on Tuesday to inspect the discovery.

“It’s somewhere between 6,000 and 14,000 years old,” Bonde said.

“What we found was when they were excavating the backyard pool, they were cutting through ice-age layers of sediment, and sure enough, they had a skeleton of an animal,” Perkins said.

Bonde says the large bones may belong to a horse or similar large mammal.

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Nevada desert used to be marsh land

“So this thing is about four to five feet below the present ground surface and so the animal was probably wandering around the world in Southern Nevada, which was not nearly as populated as it is today,” Bonde said. “There were probably still people in the area and was probably a little bit marshy.”

The area was fed by natural springs and served as a watering spot for wildlife in the arid Mohave desert approximately 14,000 years ago.

“This animal appears to be surrounded by partially compacted vegetation so it probably died on the edge of a spring and probably fell into the spring to be preserved or some other mechanism buried it very quickly,” Bonde said.

The backyard bone discovery is not far from Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, which has seen rare fossils, like mammoths, unearthed before.


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