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Big fossil found at Ike-ravaged home

October 4, 2008

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— A homeowner whose beachfront property in Texas was destroyed during Hurricane Ike has found a football-size fossil tooth in the debris.

Dorothy Sisk and her colleague, Lamar University paleontologist Jim Westgate, visited her Bolivar Peninsula home after Ike hit. Together they found something unusual in Sisk's front yard: a 6-pound fossil tooth.

Westgate believes the fossil is from a Columbian mammoth common in North America until around 10,000 years ago.

The tooth, which looks like a series of boot soles or slices of bread wedged together, is expected to be sent to the Texas Memorial Museum in Austin.

More than a million people fled the Texas coast because of Hurricane Ike.

Comments

bondmen 6 years, 2 months ago

Maybe the storm was so ferocious that it rained fossilized Mammoth teeth rather than cats, dogs and frogs!

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