Mom, son find wooly mammoth tusks 22 years apart

Anchorage - A Alaska man has discovered a wooly mammoth tusk - 22 years after his mother found one in the same location.

The Alaska Dispatch News reports Andrew Harrelson, who grew up in White Mountain, found the tusk in a bend of the nearby Fish River.

Harrelson says he has a dim memory of his mother's discovery when he was 3 years old.

Harrelson now works in Nome but was in White Mountain over the weekend. After fishing for salmon, he decided to look for fossils, and spotted the 3.6m-long tusk.

Tusks of the extinct wooly mammoth are 12 000 to 400 000 years old.

Harrelson says he spotted the base of the mammoth tusk under a stump. White Mountain is a village of 200 about 101 km east of Nome.

- AP
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Macha Samuel Mphela 2014-08-14 09:37:25 PM
A Alaska man? Right? That's how one begins an article with.
Jacques Potgieter 2014-08-14 09:39:05 PM
Wow, that whole dating system sure is accurate.
Rhonda Janse van Vuuren 2014-08-14 10:50:44 PM
I agree. It's shocking!
Andrew N 2014-08-15 09:54:28 AM
Not unusual. Mammoth tusks are continuously being found. Russia exports 60 tons of tusks every year. Dutch fishermen regularly find tusks and bones in their nets. You can buy them.
Anthony De Lucchi 2014-08-15 02:14:46 PM
must have been a very wide mammoth, with tusks 22 years apart???!