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BYRON TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   Prehistoric mastodon bones that were found at a western Michigan construction site are being donated to the University of Michigan. 

Workers found the bones Aug. 31 while excavating a road at a housing development near Byron Center, which is about 13 miles (21 kilometers) south of Grand Rapids. A University of Michigan researcher says the bones were the remains of a mastodon skeleton estimated to be around 10,000 years old.

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LIMA TOWNSHIP, MI (AP)--   An eastern Michigan farmer has made a mammoth find while digging in a field.

The Ann Arbor News reports the bones of a woolly mammoth were found by James Bristle in a soy field Monday night in Washtenaw County's Lima Township. Bristle says he and a friend were digging when they found what they thought was a mud-covered, bent fence post.

University of Michigan professor Dan Fisher confirmed the remains were a woolly mammoth Thursday morning. He and others worked to dig out the skull and a huge tusk.

Another earthquake felt downstate

Jun 30, 2015

UNION CITY, MI (AP)--   Geological experts say a small earthquake centered in southern Michigan has been felt in parts of the state.

The U.S. Geological Survey says the 3.3-magnitude temblor was recorded Tuesday morning northeast of Union City. There were no reports of damage or injuries.

The earthquake was centered southeast of Battle Creek, where the Battle Creek Enquirer reports a low rumbling preceded a single jolt.

They studied what?

Sep 19, 2014

BOSTON, MA (AP)--   Scientists who found that sticking cured pork up your nose can stop an uncontrollable nosebleed and owning a cat can be hazardous to your mental health are among this year's winners of the Ig Nobel prize.   

The annual awards for sometimes silly, sometimes surprising scientific discoveries were handed out Thursday at Harvard University by the Annals of Improbable Research magazine.

As has become the custom, real Nobel laureates handed out the prizes, and winners were given a maximum of 60 seconds to deliver their acceptance speech.

MARQUETTE, MI--   A group of volunteers is trying to save the world’s largest contiguous piece of glacial copper from being melted down.  

June Rydholm is the widow of U.P. historian Fred Rydholm, who spearheaded the effort to save the 28.2-ton slab found in Calumet.

“Most of our float copper we hold in our hand, you know, they’re small pieces,” she says.  “And this had broken off in the glacier as it moved many hundreds of years ago—maybe thousands of years ago.”   

Ancient caribou route found under Lake Huron

Apr 29, 2014

ANN ARBOR, MI (AP)--   Scientists say they've found evidence of prehistoric caribou hunts on the floor of Lake Huron that illustrates the sophistication of ancient peoples whose survival depended on

understanding the habits of their prey.

An article released Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes what underwater archaeologists say was a "drive lane" where earlier civilizations targeted caribou 9,000 years ago.

HOUGHTON, MI (AP)--   Faculty and students at Michigan Technological University are developing smartphone applications to bridge the gap between scientists and the public. 

The Houghton school says the project is called Cyber Citizens and is sponsored by the National Science Foundation.

Michigan Tech says the goal "is building smartphone applications and websites to help citizens and scientists acquire environmental information."

Professors Alex Mayer and Robert Pastel are heading the project that involves graduate students and undergraduates as well.