While gathering coal on Mariner’s beach with her husband and friends one day in 1976, Judy Winn of Homer found a curious piece of — something.
“I sort of wandered and was beachcombing and found it in the rocks,” said Winn of spotting the object that was about 20 inches long, seven inches in diameter.
A lot of what we’ve done with mammoths in the past has been done based on dental anatomy, based on what we can see from teeth,” study researcher Ethan Shirley of the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology told Live Science here in Las Vegas at the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology.
Source: International Mammoth Committee; CT scans by Ford Motor Company, USA, and Centre hospitalier Emile Roux, Le Puy-en-Velay, France.
In May 2013, scientists from the Siberian Northeastern Federal University heard that mammoth tusks were sticking out of the permafrost on Maly Lyakhovsky Island in nothern Siberia.
Researchers crossed miles of ice to see for themselves, and soon found the tusks belonged to a mammoth that had been exceptionally preserved beneath the permafrost.
Mammoth experts performed a thorough autopsy on the animal, revealing intimate details of its life and grisly death.
In addition, the scans showed major skeletal differences between the two mammoths, perhaps representing evolutionary change in the mammoth lineage.Pictured from left to right (all from U-M): former archaeology graduate student Ashley Lemke, Earth and Environmental Sciences undergraduate Jessica Hicks, former paleontology graduate student John Fronimos (Ph. 2016), paleontologist Daniel Fisher, and paleontology graduate student Joe El-Adli.Image credit: Daryl Marshke, Michigan Photography As soon as the U-M team opened the excavation on the morning of Oct.When a piece fell off Winn’s object, she decided to have it radiocarbon dated and see where it fit on that timeline.The answer: It is a woolly mammoth tusk, but its age puts it outside the peninsula’s ice-free slice of time.