A mammoth ivory over 100,000 years old has been recovered from deep seawater off the coast of central California.
In 2019, scientists Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute They were exploring the 10,000-foot-deep underwater mountain 200 miles off the coast using a remote-controlled vehicle.
The researchers found what looked like ivory, were able to extract a small portion of the ivory at the time, but returned this summer to retrieve the entire specimen.
With the help of researchers from the University of California, Santa Cruz and the University of Michigan who studied the discovery, last week scientists confirmed that the ivory was actually the property of the Colombian mammoth.
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The researchers said that the cold weather and high pressure in the deep sea helped to keep the ivory, which was more than 3 feet long, intact.
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“The deep-sea conservation environment for this model is different from what we’ve seen anywhere else,” said Daniel Fisher, an archaeologist at the University of Michigan. In the present situation.
“Other mammoths have been rescued from the sea, but some are generally not more than ten meters deep,” Fisher said.
Research is underway to obtain additional information from Knapp. Scientists use CT scans of the fangs to determine how old the animal is and how it ended up in the deep sea.
The research team believes it may be the oldest well-preserved giant ivory recovered from this part of North America. The reef is estimated to be 100,000 years old.
“You ‘expect the unexpected’ when exploring the deep sea, but I’m still amazed that we found an ancient mammoth ivory,” said Stephen Hoddock, chief scientist at the Montreux Institute.
The Colombian mammoth roamed as far north as North America and as far south as Costa Rica. This species became extinct about 11,500 years ago.
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