- Mammoth fossil found in Ike-ravaged yard
The Associated Press
11:43 AM EST October 3, 2008
[Jim Westgate, a trained paleontologist and a research associate with
the Vertebrate Paleontology Laboratory at the University of Texas
Memorial Museum, poses with a fossil tooth of a mammoth that he found in
Caplen, Texas, in the debris from Hurricane Ike. © AP]
A homeowner whose beachfront property in Texas was destroyed during
Hurricane Ike has found a football-size fossil tooth in the debris.
Dorothy Sisk asked her colleague, Lamar University paleontologist Jim
Westgate, to accompany her to her Bolivar Peninsula home after Ike hit.
Together they found something unusual in the remains of Sisk's front
yard: a six-pound fossil tooth.
Westgate believes the fossil is from a Columbian mammoth common in North
America until around 10,000 years ago.
The tooth, which looks like a series of boot soles or slices of bread
wedged together, is expected to be sent to the Texas Memorial Museum in
More than 1 million people fled the Texas coast because of Hurricane
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