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Underground workers face mammoth tusk

The Local · 22 Aug 2012, 07:20

Published: 22 Aug 2012 07:20 GMT+02:00

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Excavation work at the new Pempelforter Strasse underground station was stopped immediately while the 1.20-metre-long tusk was gently removed and taken away for scientific study.

A search was conducted to see if the rest of the skeleton was somewhere nearby, but only the tusk could be found.

The theory is that the tusk was probably carried to its final resting spot by melt waters from a glacier thousands of years ago when the Rhineland area was still tundra.

DNA analysis should help determine how old the mammoth it came from was. The Ice Age creatures died out about 10,000 years ago.

Rolf Lommerzheim from Düsseldorf authorities said that workers had initially thought the tusk was an old piece of pipe. “But it quickly became clear that it was something special,” he told Die Welt newspaper.

The tusk will eventually be put on display in an underground station, when everything is finished, the paper said.

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11:19 August 22, 2012 by Startbahn
The perfect headline. Buy that person a beer!!!
12:58 August 22, 2012 by pepsionice
His name? Martin, the woolly Mammoth. He lounged around and just played the role of the wussy mammoth, then one day....Erik, the bad mammoth got into a argument with him. Martin played as rough as possible, and eventually lost a tusk in the fight. From that day on, he was "Ein-Tusk" Martin, and mostly sat and told twelve different stories over the battle with Erik. They all sounded pretty good.
20:24 August 23, 2012 by zeddriver
Based on that headline. I thought the thing raised up out of the ground and attacked.
20:09 August 13, 2013 by shea
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