Thursday, September 3, 2009

Weighty Subject



Whew! Things have really been crazy since school started three weeks ago and nothing has been hit harder by the whirlwind of renewed activity than this blog. So, while there are plenty of things to share, there is very little time to share it.

I am completely in awe of FC over at Pure Florida in that he somehow manages post interesting things almost daily in spite of his hectic school schedule and personal commitments. Kudos to you, FC! I'm just not there yet, but you are definitely my blogging inspiration!

So...

While I have a few short minutes, I thought I'd offer up some photos of a fossilized
Woolly Mammoth tusk recently discovered on the tundra by a local hunter here in Atqasuk. It's not an uncommon thing to find tusks up here, but this one is quite a bit larger than others that have surfaced.



This thing weighs about sixty pounds and is probably more than 4000 years old! Pretty amazing, huh?










It kind of redefines that old expression of being "long in the tooth!"

7 comments:

Floridacracker said...

Wow! You know what is really neat is that I have found mammoth vertebrae, teeth, and bones in the rivers here in FL (no cool tusks like yours).
Those iceage megafauna really got around!
Thanks for the pat on the back!

S N B said...

That is SOOOOO coool!!

Kimberlee said...

FC...
That IS amazing. And the pat on the back was/is well deserved!



SNB...
Thanks! I think so too!

Anonymous said...

Awesome!!! All I have found is a few sharks teeth Meridian in Ms. about 40 yrs. ago. My Dad seem to know they were there on a hillside. We were always looking for arrowheads most of the time.
We did find what appeared to be a piece of a hatchet left in a tree in the Escatawpa River.
Tammy

Steve said...

That is very cool!

It's good to read you again.

Bryan said...

Finding something that has suvived through the years fairly intact is always pretty exciting anyway, but to find something on this scale would be Super Cool!

Kimberlee said...

Tammy...
Those sound like interesting finds! Shark teeth that far north would be amazing to come across. I used to spend (waste?) a lot of time searching for arrowheads. I have always been fascinated with the idea of handling objects that were used long ago.

Steve & Bryan...
Good to hear from you again!