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    Mammoth fossil found in Ike-ravaged yard The Associated Press 11:43 AM EST October 3, 2008 http://news.mobile.msn.com/en-us/articles.aspx?afid=1&aid=27009017
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      Mammoth fossil found in Ike-ravaged yard
      The Associated Press
      11:43 AM EST October 3, 2008

      http://news.mobile.msn.com/en-us/articles.aspx?afid=1&aid=27009017

      [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
      Austin.

      More than 1 million people fled the Texas coast because of Hurricane
      Ike.

      © 2008 The Associated Press.
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