LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas couple said they would have to wait to continue building their pool after construction workers discovered a number of bones from Earth’s most recent Ice Age.
Matt Perkins and his husband, who recently moved from Washington state to a newly built house in Nevada, said police and crime scene investigators showed up at their home on Monday to analyze the bones.
“The pool guy said he’d come to check the pool,” Perkins told KTNV-TV. “We assume that was normal. We wake up to find him standing in front of the police.”
The pool builders discovered the bones about three feet underground. After an investigation, police said the bones did not belong to anyone and raised no concerns about law enforcement.
Joshua Bonde, director of research at the Nevada Science Center, said the bones were between 6,000 and 14,000 years old and were those of a horse or a similarly sized mammal.
Bonde said the area they were found in was fed by natural springs and served as a watering hole for wildlife in the arid Mohave Desert about 14,000 years ago.
The discovery in the backyard came near the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, where rare fossils such as mammoths have already been discovered.
When people dig in their back yard, it shouldn’t be a surprise if they hit something, ”Bonde said. He also noted that the U.S. has laws that make fossils property owners.
Perkins is now deciding how best to preserve the fossil.