6-Year-Old Finds Mastodon Tooth In Michigan Nature Preserve

Julian Gagnon, 6, was walking with his family in the Dinosaur Hill Nature Preserve in Rochester Hills on Sept. 6 when he found an object that he initially identified to his parents as a “dragon’s tooth.”

Gagon said in an interview,

I just felt something on my foot and I grabbed it up, and it kind of looked like a tooth.

Gagnon’s parents allowed him to bring his discovery home, where the family took a closer look and realized it might indeed be a fossil. The family contacted the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontologists, which identified the discovery as the upper right molar of a juvenile mastodon, a species that lived in Michigan about 12,000 years ago.

The tooth has been donated to the University Museum for further examination .

Back To Top