Local tree cutter and environmentalist found some buried treasure possibly of the mammoth variety near Pacifica's as he cleaned up trash late last week.
Butler said after the recent rainy days, he saw fossils in the mud along the bluffs of a canyon leading to the waterfall and excavated a few.
After seeing some photos of the fossils, Geology Collections Manager at the California Academy of Sciences Jean DeMouthe told Butler in an email that one of the pieces could be from the tusk of a mammoth.
"There was a landslide six weeks ago, maybe two months ago, that covered the creek [that leads from the waterfall to the ocean] and made a pond there," Butler said. "The rains washed the rubble, mud and pond away down stream and I think that is what exposed the bones. I think the mammoth was in the hillside."
Butler said that he thought some of the other bone fragments he excavated were from the mammoth's legs, but DeMouthe said they look more like pieces of a whale's jaw bone.
"Those are a mixture of bone and tusk (maybe). So it could be either mammoth or whale," DeMouthe wrote in an email. "More likely the latter, except then the tusk is confusing."
Very mysterious indeed.
Butler is going to bring the bones to DeMouthe for further testing to determine their origin.
"This stuff has no commercial value, since it appears to be in really poor condition," DeMouthe told Butler. "But it's scientifically interesting."
Butler will also be taking Pacifica Patch to the excavation site on Friday for more photos and video.