SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (CBS4) – A Utah family’s backyard has turned into a boneyard.
While working on a landscaping project, the Hill family discovered the fossil of an ancient ice age animal.READ MORE: Van Stolen From Mesa County Found In Los Angeles
“We started to dig with our fingertips and found ribs,” said Bridger Hill, the homeowner.READ MORE: Charges Dropped In Grand County Bar Fight After Detectives Review Video
Eventually the family would uncovered a nearly-complete skeleton believed to be that of an ancient horse. The bones were almost perfectly preserved, but the head was missing. They called in the experts for a closer look.
“Well, of course it’s from the ice age. It must be about 16,000 years old,” said Rick Hunter, a paleontologist at the Museum of Ancient Life in Lehi, Utah.MORE NEWS: A-Basin Gets The Go-Ahead For Improvements That Include Lenawee Chairlift Replacement, New Restaurant Space
Experts believe the bones belonged to a Shetland pony, but they aren’t sure how it got there. Based on the quality of the bones, they believe it was buried quickly.