The excavation is a joint project between U-M and the Fowler Center for Outdoor Learning in Mayville, which owns the property where bones of a mastodon — an extinct relative of the elephant — were discovered two years ago.

The bones were exposed by natural erosive processes. Preliminary studies of the recovered bones suggest the mastodon's carcass may have been processed by early humans, says U-M paleontologist Daniel Fisher, who will lead the excavation.

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