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Friday, November 9, 2012

Go Look at That Gnarly Mammoth Tooth Found at Transbay Transit Center

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In September, we told you about the construction worker who dug up an Ice Age mammoth's tooth from the Transbay Transit Center, delivering much awe to San Francisco paleontology buffs. Now, the regular person (that'd be you) can go check out this 11,000-year-old beastly molar.

According to CBS, the ancient chopper is on display at the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park. It's part of the Ice Age exhibit in the Naturalist Center and will on display for the next few months.

See also: Construction Worker Finds Gnarly Mammoth Tooth at Central Station Construction Site

Crane operator Brandon Valasik was excavating at the eastern end of the site, between Minna and Natoma streets at First Street, when he came across the giant tooth. Experts confirmed that the tooth came from a Columbian Mammoth -- a relative of the modern-day elephant that lived in the Bay Area during the Pleistocene epoch.

The tooth is believed to be between 8,000 and 150,000 years old, coming from a beast that was about 12 to 14 feet tall and weighed as much as 10 tons.

The tooth will be on display at 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends at the museum, located at 55 Music Concourse Dr. So go check it out.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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