'Mammoth' find: Prehistoric tusk unearthed at Tule Springs

December 6, 2010, 8:06 am

There's an area just outside Las Vegas near Floyd Lamb Park that could soon become a preservation site.

Thursday, the proposed Tule Springs National Monument showcased one of its long-time residents.

A pre-historic mammoth tusk was revealed to community leaders during a push to recognize the valuable fossil beds.

The technical term we have for animals likes this is "big suckers." A brushing away of the soil revealed a giant mammoth tusk six to seven feet long.

The recent discovery was kept secret on BLM land near Tule Springs.

Unusual items buried in the desert right outside Las Vegas aren't a recent phenomenon; the mammoth tusk dates back 16,000 years and, and some fossils are even older.

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