Mastodon jaw found along Columbia River


Last updated 9/28/2022 at 10:53am

Commissioner Nelson Cox examines the estimated 6-million-year-old jawbone of a Ringhold Mastodon recovered in March from the Upper Hanford Reach.

It can be hard to imagine mastodons roaming around in Eastern Washington, but they did, and a Grant PUD pulled a bone from one out of a bag last week.

Back in March, the jawbone of an estimated 6-million-year-old Ringhold mastodon was found on Carbody Beach in the upper Hanford Reach area of the Columbia River, north of the Tri-Cities.

Brett Lenz is an archaeologist and manager of Grant PUD's Cult...

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