October 21, 1991 started one of the most exciting discoveries ever made in Nova Scotia
On October 21st 1991, while preparing to mine gypsum, Stanley McMullin, a heavy equipment operator unearthed large teeth, a tusk and bones. The discovery was made at the National Gypsum Quarry in Milford, Nova Scotia, about 15 km from Mastodon Ridge. Work was immediately halted and the Nova Scotia Museum contacted. Upon visiting the site, archeologists identified the bones as those of a mastodon.
The next day, a full-scale recovery plan went into effect and over a ten month period all remains, including much of the surrounding clay, was taken to the museum. At the museum, the bones were carefully cleaned, preserved and catalogued. In addition to the mastodon remains, traces of other plants and animals were recovered from the surrounding clay.
Pictured is a photograph of the owner of Mastodon Ridge, Bill Hay, with Stanley McMullin, the man who discovered the mastodon bones, standing next to the mastodon replica in 1995.