Man Fills Home with Woolly Mammoth Bones He Dug from Yard

"I said, 'Boys, that's a bone. That's a really big bone,'" he told the local ABC affiliate

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    An Iowa man is digging up a skeleton of a woolly mammoth from his yard.

    An Iowa man who happened upon a woolly mammoth skeleton in his yard is quickly filling up his living room with bones.

    He's not sure what to do next with the skeleton.

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    "Build another room off the side of the home and put it together? I don't know, I haven't decided yet," the man, identified only as John, told Des Moines' local ABC affiliate ABC5.

    John and his sons happened upon the first bone, a mammoth femur, two years ago in their Oskaloosa, Iowa, yard. He realized what he had found when he spotted what looked like a marrow line around the top of the ball joint of the femur.

    "I said, 'Boys, that's a bone. That's a really big bone,'" he told ABC 5.

    John dug up the massive femur — and then some more bones, too.

    As he kept finding more mammoth bones, he brought in earth-moving equipment, plus archaeologists and paleontologists from the University of Iowa.

    The scientists were excited by the discovery, which they said was rare for how many bones — among them the femur, vertebrae and ribs — from the same animal had been found in one place.

    John said that he expects to find the mammoth's skull sometime soon — but what he'll do with it or the many bones lying around his living room is less clear.