Replica Mammoth Tusk donated to Taylor Visitor Information Centre

5/16/2017

Yesterday we told you about a historical replica canoe that was donated to the Taylor Visitor Information Centre, but there was also another historical replica that was donated, and this one is much older.

This replica of a Mammoth Tusk was found in the Taylor gravel pit back in 2015 by an employee digging in on a hillside.

The Ice Aged fossil was preserved in a damp, sandy part of the gravel pit.

Upon extraction, staff at the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation quickly applied preservatives to the tusk and brought it to the museum to stabilize.

That process has taken over a year and is still ongoing, but staff was able to mould this replica.

 “And this find takes us into a new era because we originally established on the paleontology fossils, the dinosaurs bones and marine fossils and bird tracks and things, but getting into the Ice Age material is opening up new doors of opportunity for us to get involved in preserving the history here,” said Jim Kincaid, President of the Tumbler Ridge Museum Foundation.

Around 27 thousand years ago first nation’s people in the area would hunt these enormous animals with spears.

When the tusk was removed from the gravel pit it weighed about 60 pounds.

 “So the tusk could very well have raged closer into the 75 or 80 pound level, I’m not sure but if you can imagine the kind of neck muscles it would take to support two of those on a head of an animal, that animal is pretty darn big. And it’s amazing, I can’t imagine myself going out and trying to hunt one of those with a spear but that’s what actually happened,” said Kincaid.

The original mammoth tusk is on display at the dinosaur discovery gallery in Tumbler Ridge.