Mammoth skull and tusks hoisted from excavation pit at site in unincorporated Washtenaw County, southwest of Ann Arbor, on Thursday. Photos by Daryl Marshke/Michigan Photography.

Paleontology Ph.D. candidate John Fronimos watches as the mammoth skull and tusks are hoisted from the pit.

Excavation site in a farmer’s field in Lima Township, southwest of Ann Arbor. A crowd of locals gathered to watch as news of the discovery spread.

U-M archaeology graduate student Ashley Lemke (left) with U-M paleontologists Daniel Fisher (right) and Joe El-Adli (center) inspecting a stone flake found while uncovering one of the mammoth tusks in the muddy excavation pit.

U-M Ph. D. candidate Joe El-Adli holding one of the mammoth vertebrae recovered during Thursday’s dig.

Securing the mammoth skull and tusks with straps before hoisting it out of the pit. Pictured from left to right (all from U-M): Archaeology graduate student Ashley Lemke, Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate Jessica Hicks, paleontology Ph. D. candidate John Fronimos (in background), paleontologist Dr. Daniel Fisher, and paleontology Ph. D. candidate, Joe El-Adli.

Daniel Fisher and Joe El-Adli guide the mammoth’s right tusk as the skull is carefully lifted from the excavation pit with a backhoe.

U-M Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate student David Vander Weele watches as the mammoth tusks and skull are secured on a flatbed trailer.

U-M Museum of Paleontology collections manager Adam Rountrey (left), Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate David Vander Weele (center) and paleontology Ph. D. candidate Michael Cherney (right) help guide the Mammoth skull and tusks as they are lowered onto a flatbed trailer.

Daniel Fisher, director of the U-M Museum of Paleontology and leader of the dig near Chelsea. Fisher is a professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences and in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.