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dsludden

I was out on the Neuse River this afternoon (Havelock, NC area) and found this piece. It seems to have the correct cross hatching to indicate tusk. 6 inches long 2.5 inches wide. Heavy, layers are flaking off. Is this a tusk...hopefully mammoth and if so how best to preserve. Thank you in advance! 

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ynot

Yep, that is a piece of tusk.

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Bobby Rico

+1 for tusk 

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Rockwood

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dsludden

Thank you Bobby Rico and ynot for sharing your knowledge!

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abyssunder

It is a proboscidean tusk. The schreger lines are nicely visible in the natural cross section. Nice specimen! :)

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dsludden

Thank you Rockwood for responding. Do you think this could be mammoth? I’ve tried to center my research  on possible ice age sites. I was using the NC State Archeology reports and other obscure documents o narrow down search areas.

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dsludden

Thank you Abyssunder! My first tusk. now I know what to look for when I am out hunting. 

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Rockwood
42 minutes ago, dsludden said:

Thank you Rockwood for responding. Do you think this could be mammoth? I’ve tried to center my research  on possible ice age sites. I was using the NC State Archeology reports and other obscure documents o narrow down search areas.

Mainers aren't known for using more words than necessary. :)

Yes. This image registered a match right away. It's from the Hot Springs Mammoth site in South Dakota. 

Edit: Sorry it loses something being resized for posting.

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dsludden

Thank you Auspex for the info on preserving the tusk.The Neuse River is brackish so  I have placed the tusk in a bowl of tap water. 

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dsludden

Thank you Rockwood for the information! 

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sixgill pete

If this was found where I think it was found it was in an exposure on a point across from the boat docks at the Marine Base. Please remember that this area is part of the Croatan National Forrest. Federal law prohibits the taking of vertebrate fossils from Federal lands. Just want to make sure you are aware of this as the forest service employees there enforce that law.

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dsludden

Ynot, thank you- I was just reading up on angles to determine mammoth verse mastodon  species. The ends are in rough condition but I will try this tomorrow when I can get outside in the sunlight. Hopefully good lighting will help! Once again, thank you very much for the assistance. 

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dsludden

SixGill, thank you for the info on Croatian National Forest and rules on fossils. I know the rules in a general sense but not always certain how they apply in some instances. The tusk was  found on the shore line of a housing area on the Neuse River. That being said,  I was considering a shoreline walk along the Neuse River at Flanners Beach but now that you have  reminded me about the national forest   I will avoid that area. Thanks for the reminder. 

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sixgill pete

BTW, that is a great find. 

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Seguidora-de-Isis

Yes the schreger lines leave no doubt, ie it is a real tusk! But I do not believe it's from a Mammoth. I'm more inclined to be a Mastodon. For comparison purposes, here is a mammoth tusk (North Sea) that is deposited in my private collection where you can see the schreger lines:

 

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I'm inclined to be a Mastodon because even though it's a small fragment, yours seems to be straight:

 

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And too even though it is a small fragment, mine is curved:

 

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But as yours is a small fragment, this is a preliminary analysis and may be flawed. As others have said, only the schreger lines will determine.

 

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dsludden

 

Seguidora de Isis, thank you for the detailed information. I believe you are correct and the schreger lines indicate mastodon. I will take a good look tomorrow. And thanks for showing your Mammoth Tusk. Amazing specimen! 

 

-de-Isis

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Seguidora-de-Isis
15 minutes ago, dsludden said:

 

Seguidora de Isis, thank you for the detailed information. I believe you are correct and the schreger lines indicate mastodon. I will take a good look tomorrow. And thanks for showing your Mammoth Tusk. Amazing specimen! 

 

-de-Isis

 

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abyssunder

It may be a little complicated, but you could try to make a polished cross cut on your specimen, then measure the schreger angles and compare with the data shown below as reference.

 

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