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Mammoth tusk found by youngsters

Yorkshire Wildlife Trust picture of the tusk
The tusk was unearthed by youngsters at Spurn Point nature reserve

The tusk of a Woolly Mammoth which had lain undisturbed for thousands of years has been unearthed by children playing on a beach in East Yorkshire.

The youngsters found what they first thought was "a piece of wood", but experts later confirmed it to be a tusk between 12,000 and 75,000 years old.

The children were on a family day out at Spurn Point nature reserve when they made the discovery.

A palaeontologist at Hull University confirmed the tusk's authenticity.

The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust, which runs the Spurn Point nature reserve, said some visitors to the reserve had noticed the tusk earlier, but had "dismissed it as rubbish".

The children who unearthed the tusk from the sands then contacted the warden, Andrew Gibson, with their parents and he made the initial identification.

University of Hull palaeontologist Peter Holken then confirmed the tusk had come from a Woolly Mammoth and agreed it was thousands of years old.




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