Mammuthus Columbi partial Tusk - Special Handling Required
A Mammoth (or elephant) tusk is a socket-ed (vs. rooted) tooth, composed entirely of Dentin, which grows throughout the animal's life. The 'socket' mirrors the organ upon which the tusk grows...quite unusual to find, as this is the weakest part of the tusk. This socket was filled with a conglomerate of sand and pebbles; much of which we were able to remove. This tusk has been consolidated with Polyvinyl Butyral and Cyanoacrylate; consistent with museum practices for protecting vertebrate fossils.
At over 18lb and 18in in length (around 7in diameter), this item will require construction of a special container. Local pickup would be preferred. Please contact us directly if interested in this specimen.
Mammuthus Columbi was native to what is now Texas, Southern U.S. and Mexico. Reaching 14 ft at the shoulder, the Colombian Mammoth was larger than both the African Elephant (max. 13ft), and the Woolly Mammoth (about 11ft). Like modern elephants, mammoths wore-through six sets of teeth in their life, but typically had only 4 teeth in action at a given point-in-time.
Our Somervell County Mammoth fossils came from a 40-year family collection. As we were told, the family previously ranched about 5,000 acres they owned. And, in the process of excavating a couple of ponds, they encountered Pleistocene bone. They didn't know a lot about preserving fossil bone, but made a wise decision in keeping them indoors and out of the weather. As is typical with fossil bone, most pieces have some degree of repair.