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[ July 19th 2005 ]

American archaeologists have unearthed the tusk of an ancient woolly mammoth on a dairy farm in Tulare County. The single tusk is all that was found of the giant animal, an ancestor of the Asian elephant, and is estimated to be 40,000 years old, Associated Press reports.

According to AP, scientists confirmed that fossilized bones and a tusk found in Silicon Valley were likely those of a Columbian mammoth that roamed the area between 10,000 and 40,000 years ago.

The area was once the site of the confluence of two prehistoric rivers, where archaeologists have recovered the bones of mammoths, sabre-tooth cats, giant sloth's, camels and prehistoric horses.

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