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Sumner mastadon tooth on display in Fayette

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FAYETTE (KWWL) -

A mastodon tooth and the young Sumner fossil hunters who found it were the guests of honor at Upper Iowa University today.

The University held its fourth annual "Iowa Rocks" meeting in honor of National Fossil day.

Attendees learned about the animals that may have lived in Iowa thousands of years ago, and had a chance to look at fossils up close, including the Mastodon tooth.

"Kids are just fascinated with rocks and fossils, and it's a great event to bring some of these kids to our campus and kind of expose them, let them bring in their rocks to get them identified," said Katherine McCarville, associate professor of geosciences at the University.

McCarville said that science education often ends too soon or is incomplete, and hopes that the event will excite people and encourage them to keep exploring.

As for the mastodon tooth, the Sumner children who discovered it hope to donate it to a local museum.

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