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Ancient mammoth tusk to wow visitors


From left: Taylor Mayor Rob Fraser, VIC representative Juanita Graham, Thelma and Tom Ostero, and Jim Kincaid of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation with a replica of a 27,000-year-old mammoth tusk discovered in Taylor in April 2015. Photo By Matt Preprost

“The Visitor Information Centre in Taylor has a mammoth new artifact on display.

On Monday, Tom and Thelma Ostero donated a replica of a 50-pound, 27,000-year-old mammoth tusk to the district as part of ceremonies unveiling the refurbished replica of Alexander Mackenzie’s wooden canoe.

The tusk was discovered by Wayne Gordon at the Nels Ostero gravel pit in April 2015, and is currently stored at the Peace Region Palaeontology Research Centre in Tumbler Ridge.

It took a year for the tusk to acclimatize to surface conditions and allow palaeontologists to create replica moulds. While the Osteros had replicas made for Wayne Gordon and their family, they also wanted one for display at the visitor centre.

“We thought everybody in the country should see it, not keep it to ourselves,” Thelma Ostero said.

Jim Kincaid, president of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation, said the tusk is still being monitored, with generations to come being responsible for its care and maintenance.” (…) READ MORE

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