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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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cgstinson February 13 2014 at 4:17 AM

Check out the Mastodon at the New York State Museum

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huff18073c108 February 13 2014 at 3:20 AM

This is one of the greatest discoveries by far in the USA. Where they find one, they may just find another !!. I do hope eventually they will dig this tusk out and preserve it in a museum for people to see. This is truly a remarkable discovery. - CLH

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laverbo February 13 2014 at 1:35 AM

WOW! I am a retired science teacher and I am elated to hear of this scientific find in my lifetime. It is refreshing to see that what I taught my students has been proven a reality by this important find.

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rdz69 February 13 2014 at 1:52 AM

so no tusk has ever been discovered before now....?


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allendniles February 13 2014 at 2:01 AM

Yes, Siberia, etc., how could he not know.

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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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Hi Nancy February 13 2014 at 12:10 AM

Wow! What a find.
Nancy M. Medley

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davepawson February 12 2014 at 11:07 PM

This is sure to cause trouble. It doesn't matter that it is 10,000 years old, ivory is ivory, and it's illegal! Heads will roll for this outrage....

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chuck February 12 2014 at 10:46 PM


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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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TAAA February 12 2014 at 10:12 PM

Ouch! that tusk probably cost someone hundreds of thousands of dollars if not more. If it were something really rare it would be different but we find these all over N. America and the world.
In Texas when that happens a bulldozer quickly covers it up and the the progress keeps agoing. Sounds horrible... if things did not happen like this we would still all be living in a tent waiting on some Federal Agency to get off their Hawaiian vacation so they could do a 5 year study.
You Yankees had better wake up or your your going to have to make $200 thousand a year just to survive.

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cbs102642 February 12 2014 at 10:12 PM

Would that be a housing development/potential ghetto?

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