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PART OF MAMMOTH TUSK - 40,000 years old - Oxfordshire

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PART OF A MAMMOTH TUSK

About 40,000 years old

Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire.


A piece of a mammoth tusk with the edges cut to reveal the structure of the ivory. This example has been treated with a preservative to prevent it cracking as it dried out.

Mammoth tusks, teeth and bones have been found in gravel pits in the Thames valley, dating from a cold period of the Ice Age.  Most of these fossils are now in museums, and were found when the pits were worked by hand.  With mechanical excavation of the gravel such finds are now rare. 

Unlike the tusks of elephants, the tusks of the mammoth had a distinctive corkscrew twist. Tusks were probably used in fighting, and also in feeding as they are often found to be scratched or polished where they would have touched the ground.
 
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Size: 6 x 3 x 1.5 centimetres
Weight: 60 grams

PRICE: £10.00
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