Mammoth find in Germany

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Workers digging on the underground network in the western city of Duesseldorf have uncovered a 34-kilogramme (76-pound) woolly mammoth tusk over 10,000 years old, city officials said on Tuesday. 

The tusk was found in the city’s underground rail network and was taken away for scientific study [Credit: AFP/Stadt Duesseldorf]

Excavation work was stopped immediately while the 1.20-metre-long tusk was gently removed and taken away for scientific study, Duesseldorf authorities said in a statement.  

The tusk was the only part of the animal found during the dig some 12 metres below the surface.

Woolly mammoths died out in the region around present-day Germany some 10,000 years ago. 

Source: AFP [August 21, 2012]

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