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A Mammoth discovery in Seattle

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 00:53

Feb. 14 - Museum scientists carefully remove a fossilized mammoth tusk possibly 60,000 years old discovered by a construction worker in a Seattle neighborhood. Gavino Garay reports.

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Scientists from the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture in Seattle are carefully digging out an ice age mammoth tusk. Experts say the tusk could be from a mammoth between 16,000 and 60,000 years ago. It was discovered on Tuesday by a construction worker 40 feet below ground level. The developer has high hopes for the discovery: (SOUNDBITE) SCOTT KOPPELMAN OF AMLI RESIDENTIAL SAYING: "We think this is an amazing find, and it's not something that should end up in a living room or even in a leasing office lobby, it should end up where everyone can see it." The fossil was found on private property, leaving it up to the landowner to decide what to do with the find. It's almost like time travel for locals. (SOUNDBITE) SHAWNA BUCK SAYING: "Just the thought of maybe there was a mammoth here, or was it washed down from someplace else? The ancient times are just amazing and I think we are all fascinated by what was here before us." The museum says mammoths arrived in North America from Asia about two millions years ago. The tusk could be up to ten feet long.

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A Mammoth discovery in Seattle

Friday, February 14, 2014 - 00:53