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Testing shows elk antler found in Minnesota lake dates back hundreds of years

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- An ancient elk antler found by a Detroit Lakes diver may predate Columbus' trip to America. Gary Thompson of Tri-State Diving in Detroit Lakes found a massive elk antler while diving in a nearby lake last year. Elk haven't...

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Gary Thompson of Tri-State Diving in Detroit Lakes, Minn., found a massive elk antler while diving in a nearby lake last year. Submitted photo

DETROIT LAKES, Minn. -- An ancient elk antler found by a Detroit Lakes diver may predate Columbus' trip to America.

Gary Thompson of Tri-State Diving in Detroit Lakes found a massive elk antler while diving in a nearby lake last year.

Elk haven't lived in the area for more than a century, so Thompson wanted to carbon date his find.

The results indicate there's a 70 percent chance it fell in the lake between 1440 and 1532.

The results come from a carbon dating lab in Florida.

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