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All Things Maine

Thursday, January 11, 2007

Fisherman Catches Mastodon Tusk

Tim Winchenbach of Cushing pulled up a tusk while scallop fishing on Georges Bank a few weeks ago. The tooth has now been identified as coming from a mastodon.
Earlier this week, the couple took the tusk to the Maine State Museum in Augusta, where a paleontologist confirmed it was part of a pre-historic tusk. But the expert, Paula Work, said the tusk actually came from a mastodon, which was slightly smaller than the wooly mammoth and had shorter, thicker legs.

Mastodons roamed the area that is now covered by North Atlantic waters 13,000 years ago, although the tusk could be much older, Work said. [Link]

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