LAS VEGAS – A couple from Las Vegas have said they will have to wait to continue building their swimming pool after construction crews unearth a set of bones from Earth’s most recent ice age.
Matt Perkins and her husband, who recently moved from Washington state to a newly built house in Nevada, said police and crime scene investigators came to their home on Monday to analyze the bones.
“The pool guy said he was going to come check out the pool,” Perkins told KTNV-TV. “We assume it was normal, we wake up, he is in front of the police.”
Pool builders discovered the bones about five feet below the ground. After an investigation, police said the bones did not belong to a human and did not raise any law enforcement concerns.
Nevada Science Center research director Joshua Bonde said the bones were between 6,000 and 14,000 years old and were those of a horse or similar large mammal.
Bonde said the area where they were found was supplied by natural springs and served as a watering hole for wildlife in the arid Mohave Desert around 14,000 years ago.
The backyard discovery took place near the Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, where rare fossils such as mammoths have previously been found.
If people are digging in their backyard, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when they hit something, ”Bonde said. He also noted that the United States has laws that say fossils belong to landowners.
Perkins now decides how best to preserve the fossil.