While walking in a creek last summer, a nine-year-old Michigan boy stepped on something interesting and bent down to pick it up.

The peculiar brown object, about eight inches long, turned out to be the tooth of a mastodon — an elephant-like creature that roamed across North America more than 10,000 years ago.

Philip Stoll, known around his Lansing neighborhood as “Huckleberry Phil” because of his love for exploring the outdoors, took the lump home and washed it in the kitchen sink.

(WATCH the video from Newsy below, or READ the story at CNN)

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