Discovery of the Day: Woolly Mammoth Tusk Found in Seattle Construction Site

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Discovery of the Day: Woolly Mammoth Tusk Found in Seattle Construction Site
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Construction workers digging in Seattle's south Lake Union area have found a tusk from an Woolly Mammoth, according to the Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture.

Q13 FOX reported:

"Burke Museum paleontologists have examined the fossil and we are confident that it represents a tusk from an ice age mammoth," Christian Sidor, the museum's curator of vertebrate paleontology, said later that day.

"Because the fossil is on private property and does not seem to be associated with an archaeological site, it is up to the landowner to decide what they would like to do with the tusk," Sidor said. "We are happy to excavate the fossil if the landowner would like to take that step."



End Of An Era of the Day

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End Of An Era of the Day
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The space shuttle Discovery flew its final mission today, piggybacking on a Boeing 747 from Kennedy Space Center to D.C., where the shuttle will take up permanent residence as part of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum. To commemorate the end of the shuttle era, NASA launched an extensive Flickr feed for citizen journalists in the flight path, and a roundup of landing pics can be found here. And if that's not enough Discovery for you, there's video here and here, and also a Twitter feed. Phew.

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Today On TDW: Geek

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Today On TDW: Geek --

  • Above: On their last day at the ISS, the crew of the Space Shuttle Discovery receive a very special wake up call from William Shatner.