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Ice-age bones were discovered in a Las Vegas backyard.

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After construction crews unearthed a set of bones dating back to Earth's most recent ice age, a couple in Las Vegas said they would have to wait to continue building their pool.

Matt Perkins and his husband, who recently relocated from Washington state to a newly constructed home in Nevada, said police and crime scene investigators arrived at their home on Monday to examine the bones.

Perkins told KTNV-TV, "The pool guy said he was going to come to check out the pool." "We assumed that was normal, and when we woke up, he was out front with the cops."

The bones were discovered about five feet (1.5 meters) below ground by pool builders. Following an investigation, police determined that the bones did not belong to a human being and raised no law enforcement concerns.

According to Nevada Science Center Research Director Joshua Bonde, the bones are between 6,000 and 14,000 years old and belong to a horse or another large mammal.

Bonde claims that the area where they were discovered was fed by natural springs and served as a watering hole for wildlife in the arid Mohave Desert approximately 14,000 years ago.

The discovery occurred near Tule Springs Fossil Beds National Monument, where rare fossils such as mammoths have previously been discovered.

"It shouldn't come as a surprise if people are digging in their backyard," Bonde said.  He also mentioned that discovered fossils in the United States are the property of property owners.

Perkins is currently deciding how to preserve the fossil best.