Kessler Man Unearths Bison in His Yard, WFAA Unearths Mammoth Tooth in His Living Room

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If you love very old things, sweet excitable people, and a damn good coincidence, this might be your favorite human interest story in a long time.

From his childhood in Mexico throughout his life in Texas, Ruben Marroquin has surveyed his surroundings for coins, bones and any small treasures that can link him with the past and elicit daydreams of the people and animals who walked the land long ago. Until this week, he never found anything of value, though that was never really the point.

Oddly, it was when he wasn't looking that he found something that landed a WFAA reporter at his doorstep, curious to learn more. It was a bison, possibly prehistoric, buried in his yard.

He's in the process of digging a new swimming pool in the yard that's been his for 40 years. He was digging for the gas line to connect to the heater when he struck bone. Teeth and horns revealed themselves after more digging, and Marroquin realized this wasn't the old grave site of someone's family dog. This was bigger.

His son, whose high school mascot was a bison, called WFAA to tell the news station that was the animal they found. On what must have been a slow news day, a reporter showed up quickly and did a story on the possibly prehistoric bison bones.

When guests stop by, Marroquin often broaches a certain conversation topic -- his collection of other curiosities including one particular bone that he hasn't been able to identify in the 25 years since he found it. WFAA did some digging of their own, calling Dr. Darryl de Ruiter at Texas A&M, who solved the mystery: the bone is a wooly mammoth tooth.

"What is that?" Marroquin asked the reporter. "Is it bigger than a rabbit?"

Well, it's a humongous creature with tusks longer than a Ford F-150 that occupied Kessler Park 9,000 years ago.

"It was kind of weird and fantastic. It's been kind of interesting," Marroquin tells Unfair Park.

He explained that his neighborhood used to be swampy with plenty of vegetation. That's why many animals settled and eventually died there. "If there was a tooth there's got to be more bones somewhere," Marroquin says.

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Paul Riddell
Paul Riddell

Glad to be of service. If you REALLY want to have fun, check out Bone Clones as well: http://www.boneclones.com/ Between Skullduggery and Bone Clones, pretty much all of your osteological needs are taken care of. I wish I had the money or the room for the fully articulated Komodo dragon skeleton from Bone Clones, but one day...

Gat2KeeponMovin
Gat2KeeponMovin

I unearthed a bison in my bed this morning. Picked her up on the stoop of Fallout Lounge. No one had told her it had closed.

Anna Merlan
Anna Merlan

Oh dear god, replicas of extinct animal fossils?? I'm buying my brother a T. Rex claw immediately, no shit.  You seriously just made my life a little better. Writing for the Internet is fucking magic sometimes. Thanks dude! 

Anna Merlan
Anna Merlan

If anyone is wondering what to get me for my upcoming birthday, it's a wooly mammoth tooth. Just lob it through the office window, I won't even be mad. 

Renegade
Renegade

And, you have to remember that our modern F-150 is much larger than the F-150s they had back then (actually known as the F-100 Ranger).  Just to keep it in perspective. 

Montemalone
Montemalone

And who's brilliant idea to get rid of the little box to the right with the 3 tabs in favor of "trending"? You're taking all the fun out of this place. 

Montemalone
Montemalone

Wait a minute. 9000 years ago? I thought the earth was only 6000 years old. Is this more of that libtard "journalism"? And they didn't have F-150s then either. Where's the Billion Baptists to march and picket this guys obviously heathen house?

Iwearblack
Iwearblack

 Nope, it was a GMC Jimmy, oddly enough...

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