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Possible Mammoth Tooth Found Near NH Waters
02/21/2013 10:15 AM ET  

Mike Anderson of Rye was fishing for scallops near Rye Harbor on Tuesday when he noticed a 6-inch-long, triangular object that experts say could be a fossil mammoth tooth.

RYE, N.H. (AP) _ A New Hampshire fisherman who's discovered whale vertebrae, porpoise skulls and an old fuel tank that he thought was a treasure chest may've hit the big time: a possible mammoth tooth.

Mike Anderson of Rye was fishing for scallops near Rye Harbor on Tuesday. He noticed a 6-inch-long, triangular object mixed in with the scallop shells and rocks.

Will Clyde, a University of New Hampshire associate professor of geology, says it may be a fossil mammoth tooth.

He says mammoth and mastodon bones have been dragged up before between the Seacoast and the Isles of Shoals, although they're more commonly found in the western and southern parts of the country. He wants to take a closer look.

Anderson tells the Portsmouth Herald he wants to find a tusk next.



 

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