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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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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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thekcholdingco rwilliamhoward February 12 2014 at 6:09 PM

Ten thousand years ago, that part was probably still under a glacier, and the rest could have ground up or moved elsewhere.. it was serendipity that they found the tusk to begin with.

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cowboy February 12 2014 at 4:13 PM

Extraordinary find.

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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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KURT February 12 2014 at 5:59 PM

Wow! They word it 1.5 Stories deep. That is only 15 foot!!

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chuck February 12 2014 at 10:46 PM

cool

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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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jrc22552 February 12 2014 at 1:47 PM

"...the person who owns the land technically owns the tusk."

TECHNICALLY?!

The owner of the land owns it and I hope he/she makes a lot of money from it.

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RussianBallerina jrc22552 February 12 2014 at 2:00 PM

history belongs to all

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dickn2000b RussianBallerina February 12 2014 at 2:23 PM

BUT THE TUSK BELONGS TO THE PROPERTY OWNER!! And how much "history" is going to be discovered from a single mammoth tusk?

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garylee123 RussianBallerina February 12 2014 at 2:59 PM

How far do you want to go? Rocks are supposedly a record of history. With your logic that means the Earth belongs to everybody. Good luck in claiming it. Federal law will put you in jail if you pick up the wrong thing. Kumbaya.

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Hello Sean ;) jrc22552 February 12 2014 at 2:01 PM

Not necessarily. In some states the land owner must have mineral rights and since a fossilized bone is technically mineralized . . .

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BigPugMama February 12 2014 at 1:30 PM

Much MORE Rare in Seattle Area then in the Tundra !!

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dickn2000b BigPugMama February 12 2014 at 2:29 PM

Uuuuhhh...I hate to burst your bubble but the wooly mammoth ranged as far south as Nicaragua. That's a bit farther south than Seattle! You really should do a little research before opening your big pug, Mama!

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patrick dickn2000b February 12 2014 at 2:44 PM

Bones and such don't last long in Seattle because of the wet conditions

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Oyster BigPugMama February 12 2014 at 4:27 PM

Tusks - rare, self-absorbed $5/cup coffee drinkers - abundant.

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