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Kansas Mammoth Tusk Moved to Lab

Associated Press - October 18, 2016 3:14 pm


An 8-foot-long tusk of a mammoth uncovered earlier this year by a southern Kansas construction company has been moved to a lab at Wichita State University.

The tusk will be cleaned and prepped for display in the Kingman County city of Cunningham, where it was found as Skyland Grain LLC ran a sewer line across a grain elevator’s property.

Radiocarbon dating will be conducted to determine the tusk’s age.

The tusk was longer when first discovered, but part of it broke off during the project.

Wichita State associate anthropology professor David Hughes, who worked at tusk’s excavation site with his students, says the tusk belonged to a mammoth that was probably about 15 to 20 years about and was about 12 feet tall.

Associated Press information from: The Wichita Eagle

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