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Mastodon Bones Unearthed in McMillin/Brookfield Development

Fossils from a prehistoric animal were unearthed at a residential development site in South Carlsbad June 12. The remains from a mastodon, which resembled a wooly mammoth, were found as grading took place at Windmill, a master-planned community by San Diego-based Corky McMillin Cos. and Del Mar-based Brookfield Homes.

The fossilized bones from the extinct mammal could be 220,000 years old and are the first mastodon remains found in Carlsbad, according to Tom Demere, a paleontologist with the San Diego Natural History Museum.

Two tusks, an upper jaw fragment with three teeth and vertebrae from one mammal were found 20 feet underground.

Specialists anticipate remaining on site through the weekend to remove the ancient artifacts before preserving them. The fossils will be donated to the San Diego Natural History Museum in Balboa Park.

Brian Milich, project manager of Windmill for Corky McMillin, said a house may be constructed where the mastodon bones were discovered. He said this rare discovery provides a unique opportunity to preserve history.

The discovery will have little impact on the development schedule. Sales in Windmill are projected to start in mid-2008.

The two developers are building more than 400 single-family homes and affordable apartment units in five neighborhoods on a portion of the historic 400-acre farm known as Robertson Ranch.

The community is located east of El Camino Real between Tamarack Avenue and Cannon Road near Calavera Hills.

, Michelle Mowad

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