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: When I See A 50% Chance Of Rain In The Forecast, What Does That Really Mean?
“We started to dig with our fingertips and found ribs,” said Bridger Hill, the homeowner.READ MORE: Colorado Weather: Monsoon Storms Return Sunday, But Focus Shifts A Bit West
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: Boat Ramps Closed At Three Western Slope Reservoirs, Closures Expected At Blue Mesa As Water Level Drops
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.