UOP biology professor Gregg Anderson says it felt surreal when he was told about the discovery.
"I had just gotten back from teaching a class and I got an e-mail with these pictures and somebody saying they just found a mammoth in downtown Stockton and that doesn’t generally happen in my normal day."
Work crews constructing the new San Joaquin County building at Weber and San Joaquin Streets came across the tail and femur bones. Anderson says they’re probably about 10,000 years old. And the find isn’t that surprising. He says the Central Valley used to be home to mammoths and other prehistoric animals.
"Essentially the entire cast from the animated movie Ice Age was here – you had mammoths, you had giant sloths, you had saber-tooths."
Anderson says the bones will be cataloged and then moved to UC Berkeley where paleontologists will do more research on them.