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It was a big find.

When Oregon State University football players were going deep to make touchdown grabs in the end zone, they probably didn’t realize that there were 10,000 year-old mammoth bones just feet below them.

More than 1,000 pieces of bone, ranging from bison to mammoth, were discovered on Monday afternoon at Reser Stadium during a construction project.

During a reconstruction project, an excavator said he saw what he believed to be a large log or stump, according to Steve Clark, vice president for university relations and marketing at OSU. But when the worker took a closer look, he realized the log was actually a large bone.

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