In June of this year, we invited a group of educators from across the country to come dig at Montbrook. Becca Mussetter, a teacher from Santa Cruz, California, had the great fortune of finding a gomphothere tusk. Originally, it was thought to be an upper tusk, but after further study by our collections manager, Richard Hulbert, it is now believed to be a tusk from the lower mandible.
Once the jacketed tusk was brought into the fossil preparation lab, it was carefully removed from the jacket, cleaned and prepared for handling. It has since been entered into the collections’ database and can now be used to further research.
@rebecca-mussetter look how beautiful it is! it would be great if you could give us a little backstory on how you found it, what your thoughts were when you saw it, and how your students reacted when you told them the story!