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Stunning Siberian Mammoth Tusk Section

Central Asia, Russia/Siberia, Pleistocene epoch (Ice Age), ca. 35,000 years ago. A stunning section from a huge mammoth tusk, partially fossilized, with creamy brown, white, and dark brown colorful details. The exterior of this tusk is beautifully polished, while the interior has its structures well preserved and visible. The woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) is the most iconic species of the Ice Age, and early humans stalked and hunted these mammals across a landscape that was very different from ours today. Size: 4.4" L x 4.75" W x 27.75" H (11.2 cm x 12.1 cm x 70.5 cm)

Imagine walking in a modern Arctic or sub-Arctic landscape like Alaska, northern Canada, or Siberia and finding a tusk like this rising from the ground; the name mammoth comes from a Siberian word used to describe the tusks found there by native people, like the Khanty of the Irtysh River basin, and traded to Europe and China. Their occasional finds of massive tusks and even preserved mammoth bodies in the permafrost - often eroding out of the sides of river banks - led to their folkloric belief that mammoths were like huge rodents, dwelling underground, dying when they accidentally surfaced. With the invention of science as a discipline, massive tusks like this one continued to capture imaginations all over the world. For example, Thomas Jefferson, who was fascinated by paleontology, is credited with introducing the use of the word mammoth as an adjective to describe something very large.

Please note that fossilized ivory tusks from any species cannot be shipped to the US States of California, Hawaii, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Washington State. As of 2019, they will not be able to be shipped to Illinois.

Condition: Piece is a fragment, with nicely preserved internal structures that are visible on one side and a polished surface on the other. Losses at either ends.

Provenance: Ex-Private LA County collection acquired in The Dominican Republic over 20 years ago

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