Yakutian Man Discovers Mammoth Tusks in His Garden

PHOTO by Prokopiy Nogovitsyn / Facebook

A resident from a village in Russia’s Yakutia region has unearthed tusks which presumably belonged to a steppe mammoth, the Interfax news agency reported Tuesday.

“The man stumbled upon these bones when he was planting potatoes. He contacted the local museum representatives and then they called us. We are engaged in paleontological researches and excavations,” said Prokopiy Nogovitsyn, a deputy principal for scientific work of Oisk secondary school (Oisk is a village in Krasnoyarsk region – Ed.).

Students from Oisk secondary school measuring the tusks

According to Nogovitsyn, those tusks are about 270 centimetres-long and their circumference is 50 centimetres. Scientists believe that age of the fossils can date back 400 thousand years. Experts from the Yakutian Academy of Sciences will arrive in the next few days for further excavations.

In 2015, the skeleton of a steppe mammoth, which lived 500 thousand years ago was first discovered in Yakutia. The remains were found by the inhabitants of Nizhny Bestyakh village on the bank of the Suola river.

It was earlier reported that archaeologists have discovered the foundations of two temples from the early 15th century during excavations on the Zheltikov monastery territory in Tver.