12,000 year-old Mastodon tusk and tooth are discovered in box of items donated to Michigan charity

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POSTED: Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 1:00am

UPDATED: Sunday, October 13, 2013 - 1:04am

 A Grand Rapids charity found part of a 12,000-year-old mastodon tooth and tusk among a truckload of donations.

"We found it on the floor of the truck after we unloaded it," John Timmer of In The Image told 24 Hour News 8.

At first, Timmer and other workers at In The Image thought the things rolling around on the floor of the truck used to pick up donations were pottery. But they turned out to be something with much more historic value.

"I picked it up and it looked strangely like a giant molar of an animal and you could see enamel on it, so it looked like a tooth to me," Timmer said.

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