A fragment of a mammoth tusk discovered in Newtok, a village in Alaska. The fragments (2017.7.1 & 2017.7.2) were one tusk that was broken in transit from Alaska.
Mammoths roamed across most of North America during the last Ice Age. Their extinction was likely caused by a combination of habitat destruction from climate change and hunting by humans. Mammoth bones, teeth, and tusks are fairly common finds in the United States, serving to remind us just how common these huge animals once were.
These two specimens are intended for hands on use, and can be compared and contrasted with other mammoth and mastodon teeth and tusks in the collections.