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Mammoth tusk found in Seattle construction site

Mammoth Tusk Found In Seattle Construction Site

Construction workers in Seattle just found what appears to be a fossil from the Ice Age.

The discovery happened 40 feet down in a construction pit on Pontius Avenue near Mercer.

Paleontologists at the Burke Museum have examined the fossil, and they are confident it's a tusk from a mammoth.

As local station KCPQ reports, the tusk could be about 10,000 years old. It was found 1.5 stories down and digging was halted right away.

The construction is being done on that spot to build a housing development.

KING news in Seattle reports that the person who owns the land technically owns the tusk. It's unclear right now what the plan will be.

The artifact could be excavated further and dug out, but that would have to be a very careful process; the tusk is brittle after thousands of years in the dirt. Experts say it's miraculously well-preserved.

The biggest type of mammoth could have been up to 15 feet tall and weighed more than 8 tons. Mammoths' tusks could reach 16 feet long. They did coexist with early humans, and lived, of course, during the Ice Age. (Via Animal Planet)

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lbreamer February 12 2014 at 1:18 PM

That's so fascinating!! All that history, right below our feet - It'd be great if they found the rest of the creature too!!!

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runswthscisors40 lbreamer February 12 2014 at 2:40 PM

It's not there.........Al Gore lives in Tennessee...........

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Hi Nancy February 13 2014 at 12:10 AM

Wow! What a find.
Nancy M. Medley

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Brian Hope February 12 2014 at 10:44 PM

If Alabamans had not beaten it to the draw, Seattle could rename itself "Tusk-a-loose-a".

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jvmcfla@aim.com February 12 2014 at 3:19 PM

AMAZING!!! Seems like there have been a lot of awesome, extremely old and rare finds being excavated lately! I have read several articles recently and just love this kind of stuff!
I wish I could see these amazing finds in person!!!

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chuck February 12 2014 at 10:46 PM


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jtfee February 12 2014 at 3:59 PM

Senator Cantwell wants to change the name from "mammoth" to "extra large." She may hold hearings on it.

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Oyster jtfee February 12 2014 at 4:19 PM

Hope she invites her boy toy from CNBC - no conflict there - I see nothing!

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rwilliamhoward February 12 2014 at 4:09 PM

I wonder if the rest of the animal is there, as well? Just loose tusks usually don't happen. THey have deep, solid roots. (They ARE teeth, you know.)

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cowboy February 12 2014 at 4:13 PM

Extraordinary find.

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EzinWy February 12 2014 at 6:37 PM

Cool. Start digging - you never know what you may find ...

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aljoramaggio February 13 2014 at 1:14 AM

It always has been a bit of a mystery, as to what killed off so many species of mammals following the last Ice Age, and in such a short period of time. Some have attributed it to over hunting by early humans, other have attributed it to climate change, causing variations in the vegetation that many of these animals ate, but the most likely scenario is that a single (or multiple) bacterial parasite or virus (of the types that crossed species between animals, or animals and humans) was to blame. When introduced to a large population ( with no natural resistance), it caused massive devastation over a relatively short period of time.

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