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Workers Find Mammoth Tusk Of Ice Age in Seattle

Update Date: Feb 12, 2014 09:10 AM EST

Construction workers at Seattle's South Lake Union area have reportedly found a mammoth tusk Tuesday. According to several media reports the tusk has been tested by experts who said it belonged to a mammoth that lived during the last Ice Age. 

Around 1.5 stories down, the tusk was found which was later confirmed by the paleontologists at the Burke Museum of Natural History. Experts said the tusk belonged to a mammoth that lived during the last ice age. 

Burke Museum paleontologists have examined the fossil and we are confident that it represents a tusk from an ice age mammoth," said Christian Sidor, the museum's curator of vertebrate paleontology, according to "Because the fossil is on private property and does not seem to be associated with an archaeological site, it is up to the landowner to decide what they would like to do with the tusk."

Sidor said that museum was "happy to excavate the tusk," if organization was allowed. The tusk was found in a private property. 

"The discovery of a mammoth tusk in South Lake Union is a rare opportunity to directly study Seattle's ancient natural history.  As a public repository, the Burke Museum would be pleased to curate the tusk and provide access to scientists and others wishing to study it," he told, reported Q13

Mammoths are the giant elephant relatives that belong to M. Africanavus or the African mammoth. 

Last year near Enid, Oklahoma remains of a woolly mammoth was found. According to researches, mammoth lived between 40,000 and 4,000 years ago and had american roots. 

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