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Mom, son find wooly mammoth tusks 22 years apart
Mother, son find wooly mammoth tusks in same western Alaska river location 22 years apart
Associated Press
2014-08-14 11:22 PM

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- A Alaska man has discovered a wooly mammoth tusk -- 22 years after his mother found one in the same location.

The Alaska Dispatch News (http://bit.ly/1sYODav) reports Andrew Harrelson, who grew up in White Mountain, found the tusk in a bend of the nearby Fish River.

Harrelson says he has a dim memory of his mother's discovery when he was 3 years old.

Harrelson now works in Nome but was in White Mountain over the weekend. After fishing for salmon, he decided to look for fossils, and spotted the 12-foot (3.6-meter)-long tusk.

Tusks of the extinct wooly mammoth are 12,000 to 400,000 years old.

Harrelson says he spotted the base of the mammoth tusk under a stump. White Mountain is a village of 200 about 63 miles (101 kilometers) east of Nome.


Information from: Alaska Dispatch News, http://www.adn.com

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