K-State Anth Alum Discovers Alaskan Mammoth Tusk

Brian Wygal, Associate Professor at Adelphi University in New York and Alumnus of K-State’s Anthropology program (1998) has been conducting archaeological research in the Nennana Valley of Alaska for a number of years. This past yer, his crew uncovered, among other things, a large, 14,000-year-old mammoth tusk at Alaska’s Holzman archaeological site. “The radiocarbon dates on this mammoth place it as one of the last surviving mammoths on the mainland,” said Kathryn Krasinski of Adelphi University. Krasinski, Wygal, and their team want to know if the tusk, which measures 55 inches long, was obtained by hunters, or if it was picked up by scavengers and brought to the site long after the animal died. If the mammoth was killed by hunters, this could indicate that the first Americans contributed to the extinction of the woolly mammoth some 10,000 to 12,000 years ago.
Read more in Live Science at: https://www.livescience.com/58604-mammoth-tusk-discovered-in-alaska.html

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