Scientists hope to lift tusk from trench Friday

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

SEATTLE (AP) — Scientists have encased in plaster a mammoth tusk found in a Seattle construction site as they prepare to remove it.

The tusk, believed to be of a Columbian mammoth, was measured at 8.5 feet long after it was fully exposed overnight. Scientists with the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture plan to remove the tusk using the construction crane at the site sometime Friday evening.

Paleontologist Christian Sidor says the tusk is between 22,000 and 60,000 years old and with the plaster encasing could weigh up to 500 pounds.

Construction workers found the tusk Tuesday about 30 feet below street level, thinking at first that it might be a pipe or a root. The company building a 118-unit apartment complex at the site has nearly stopped construction to accommodate the scientists.