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Curious child discovers prehistoric artifact while exploring

Courtesy: CNN

Courtesy: CNN

DETROIT (CNN) – A 9-year-old boy known for exploring is making national headlines after discovering something pretty amazing.

Philip Stoll said, “I was walking down at the creek last summer. I felt something that I stepped on so I picked it up and everybody in the neighborhood thought it was pretty cool.”

Philip Stoll is affectionately known as “Huckleberry Phil” in his neighborhood because of his love for the great outdoors.

After finding a massive rock, he took it home and washed it off.

He also wanted to see if it was magnetic.

It wasn’t.

Heidi Stoll said, “I was holding it in my hands for a few minutes and then it gave me the creeps so I put it down on the desk. It looked like a tooth. It looked like there was something like gum tissue, a little bulgy thing around the top.”

The family reached out to a herpetologist and learned it was the tooth of a mastodon, an elephant-like beast that lived in North America more than 10,000 years ago.