“Pygmy Mammoth Tusk” Is Actually Whale Bone

Santa Cruz Island Fossil Not the Archeological Find It Was Rumored to Be

Earlier this month, the international science community was abuzz with the supposed discovery of a fully intact pre-historic pygmy mammoth tusk on Santa Cruz Island. However, after researchers spent two days removing the “tusk” from a rock formation on the Channel Island, the Nature Conservancy is reporting this week that the artifact, though indeed very old, is actually a jawbone from an extinct whale species. The bone was extracted from a rock formation believed to be between 9.5 million to 25 million years old – meaning it comes from an age long before the pygmy mammoths called the island home.

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