Zed’s left tusk plaster jacket is open in the Fishbowl Lab

Zed’s left tusk plaster jacket is open in the Fishbowl Lab

Feb 1, 2012
Zed's tusk when it first came into the Fishbowl Lab
Lab assistant Trevor and curatorial assistant Gary examine Zed's tusk

Finally, after tens of thousands of years, our Columbian mammoth Zed’s left overgrown incisor sees the light of day. Well that is except for the few days when it was discovered and before it was covered with a protective plaster jacket. On public view in the Fishbowl Lab we have begun the process of carefully removing the protective plaster jacket to reveal the tusk. Thus far it looks to be well preserved with some asphalt on the surface between the sediment and the tusk. The preparation will probably take some time in order to protect the integrity of the dentine which flakes easily. This specimen is one of a pair that we discovered belonging to a single mammoth. They are the most complete tusks ever found and recovered from Rancho La Brea!

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