Science: Florida: a Beastly Place

Old bones in an okra patch lead to a prehistoric zoo

When a hired hand brought in some skeletal remains unearthed on their okra farm in Archer, Fla., Ron and Pat Love asked a scientist friend to identify them. Horse bones, he said, good for nothing more than paperweights. Dissatisfied, the Loves sought a second opinion from Paleontologist S. David Webb of the Florida State Museum in Gainesville. Webb quickly determined that the bones had come not from a horse but from a short-legged rhinoceros called Teleoceras. It was a creature that had lumbered...

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