In a strange twist of fate, a bachelor party led to what appears to be a major paleontological find.
A group of friends were camping at Elephant Butte.
Antonio Gradillas and his friends were celebrating a bachelor party weekend when they made a prehistoric discovery.
“As we are cruising by we see a large tusk or what seems to be a large tusk coming out of the ground about a good three to four inches out,” Antonio Gradillas told KRQE.
Gradillas and his friends started digging and found the giant fossil of a tusk and skull at Elephant Butte Lake.
Paleontologists say it looks like the fossil of a Stegomastodon, a 9-foot tall, 13,000 pound, prehistoric elephant that roamed New Mexico several million years ago.
The area has been blocked off so paleontologists can work to excavate the fossil.