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Jun 24, 2014 11:49 AM

Tusk query

My sister dug this out on a Kent beach at exceptionally low tide.  Chances are it's Mammoth - tusk is 48" long.  How would she get that verified??tusk.JPG

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    Jun 24, 2014 5:37 PM (in response to anne4e)
    Re: Tusk query

    Hi anne4e,

     

    This is what our mammoths expert had to say:

     

    This is certainly a tusk of some sort but whether it is from a mammoth or another species is less clear. If this is from North Kent (in the general area of Herne Bay) there have been a number of such finds made recently at the lowest tides - some of them are on display in Herne Bay Museum. They are of the extinct straight-tusked elephant, of last interglacial age, rather than mammoth of the last glaciation. This find could be similar.

     

    So, if you are in the Herne Bay area, as a first port of call it may be worth taking your photo (or the find itself) to the museum to see how it compares to their specimens.

     

    Jonathan

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    Jun 24, 2014 10:11 PM (in response to anne4e)
    Re: Tusk query

    Fantastic find! Tell your sister very well done.

    If you take your specimen in for verification can I suggest asking if it needs preserving.

     

    Tabfish

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