February 12, 2014 in City

Workers unearth mammoth tusk in Seattle


SEATTLE – A Seattle museum official said construction workers digging in the city’s south Lake Union area have found a tusk from an ice age mammoth.

Construction workers stopped digging when they found the fossil and called the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture, KIRO-TV reported. Christian Sidor is curator of vertebrate paleontology at the museum.

Sidor said museum experts have examined the fossil and, “we are confident that it represents a tusk from an ice age mammoth.”

Because the fossil was found recently on private property, Sidor said it’s up to the landowner to decide what to do with the tusk.

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