According to a news release, the Olneys noticed a white object in an arroyo on the property more than 20 years ago, first dismissing it as a rock or root. Erosion eventually exposed two feet of the specimen.
After reporting their finding, BLM New Mexico state paleontologist
The nearly complete tusk is about 5 feet long, which probably means that it was from a juvenile male or a female mammoth, according to the release. No other bones were located in the excavated area.
The tusk was taken to the
Earlier in June, scientists uncovered a nearly whole, fossilized skull of a stegomastodon, an extinct elephant-like creature, at
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