The crew of a New Hampshire fishing boat was looking for clams, but found a mammoth tooth on the sea floor.
The crew, known as the New England fishmongers, brought the nearly foot-long, 12,000-year-old fossil to the surface off the coast of Newburyport, Massachusetts, while fishing for clams with a dredge, a heavy trawl. that informs IPU.
New England Fishmongers captain and co-owner Tim Rider had the eight-pound fossil identified at the University of New Hampshire.
Local geology professor Will Clyde said opposite nbc boston: “I love to imagine the New England landscape of that time, with mammoths and mastodons roaming around. And geologically, that wasn’t that long ago.”
Auction for the benefit of Ukrainian refugees
However, the mammoth tooth did not remain in the possession of the university or end up in a museum, it ended up on eBay! The fossil will be auctioned there with the proceeds donated to the World Central Kitchen; a charity that helps refugees from Ukraine after the Russian war with hot meals.
“I’m a fisherman, but every time you see families and children suffering in situations like this, you try to be grateful for what you have and do what you can to help,” said Captain Rider. seacoastonline.
On Friday afternoon German time, the highest bid was US$7,300. The auction runs through Sunday.
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