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September 18, 2014, 12:46 pm
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Springfield Man Finds Muskox Fossil In Low Sangamon River

Something good has come out of the drought situation locally. Tony Blisset of Springfield waded out into the Sangamon River at Riverside Park while on a family outing and discovered a vertebra from an extinct Harlan’s muskox.


Blisset and his family brought the bone to the Illinois State Museum’s Research and Collections Center for identification. Museum paleontologists recognized it as a neck vertebra from the large head-butting mammal.


Blisset donated the fossil to the museum where it’s on public display.

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