Gary Kidd had a pretty good idea that what his 3-year-old grandson had found was no rock, but the tooth of a woolly mammoth. That’s because he had found one himself nine years ago.
Kaleb Kidd was chasing squirrels Monday at a family friend’s property near La Crosse when he spotted what looked like an unusual rock.
"Grandpa, what’s that?" Kaleb asked. He told his grandson it looked like the tooth of the extinct woolly mammoth.
Next stop was the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, which confirmed that it was, indeed, the tooth of a mammoth.
Connie Arzigian, the center’s lab director, said it could be 10,000 to 30,000 years old. It weighs 2 pounds and measures 6 inches long and 3 inches wide.