A Las Vegas couple’s pool construction operations were obstructed when workers uncovered a set of rare and large bones believed to be at least 6,000 to 14,000 years old in the backyard, the couple said.
The bones reportedly date back to the most recent ice age, which ended around 11,700 years ago. Matt Perkins and his husband recently moved from Washington to a freshly constructed home in Las Vegas.
“Obviously, when they told us they found some fossils, that was more of a shock to us than we were expecting,” Perkins added.
The homeowners were greeted Monday morning by workers from the pool construction company along with police at their front door.
Investigators determined the bones did not belong to a human and that the remains were not a concern to local authorities.
Joshua Bonde, director of research of the Nevada Science Center, visited the property on Tuesday to inspect the remains.
The bones might belong to a horse or similar-sized animal, Bonde said. Since the discovery, the homeowners have found part of a jaw bone with teeth attached.
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“So this thing is about 4 to 5 feet below the present ground surface, and so the animal was probably wandering around the world in Southern Nevada, which was not nearly as populated as it is today,” Bonde said. “There were probably still people in the area and was probably a little bit marshy.”
About 14,000 years ago, the area was fed by natural springs and served as a watering location for wildlife in the Mojave Desert.
Federal laws allow property owners to keep fossils discovered on their land, Bonde said. Perkins would like to preserve the bones and determine whether the remains can help scientists better understand the planet’s history.