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|Title:||Mammoth tooth washes up at Spurn|
|Author:||Yorkshire Wildlife Trust |
|ID & Publication:||20130911018 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
The Yorkshire Wildlife Trust’s keen-eyed Outer Humber Officer Andy Gibson was thrilled to find a fossilised mammoth’s molar at Spurn National Nature Reserve recently. ‘Like many others, I find it hard to resist staring at the strandline for oddities, from flip flops to old toys and huge pieces of kelp to shark egg cases. I enjoy searching for fossils, which find their way onto Spurn’s shores as a result of long shore drift where the swash and backwash of waves drive coastal deposits such as shingle down the coastline. I couldn’t believe my luck when I spotted this huge tooth,’ said Andy.
Editor of the journal Prehistoric Yorkshire Keith Boughey said, ‘Mammoth teeth are not uncommon. They get washed up along the Holderness coast quite a bit and trawlers (in Denmark as well) pull them up in their nets from the bottom of the North Sea from time to time. After all, the North Sea didn’t exist in the time of the mammoths. It was dry land then and the UK was joined to the rest of Europe.’
Surprisingly, the tooth is not an unusual find for Spurn. Some members may remember, back in 2008, a family visiting Spurn discovered a mammoth tusk that is now on display in Spurn’s information centre. A sample was sent for radio carbon dating at the University of Waikato in New Zealand and results concluded that the tusk is more than 50,050 years old.
The Spurn Migration Festival this weekend will make for the perfect opportunity to explore Spurn’s shores to see what fossils you can find. In addition to beachcombing there will be insect and plant walks, history walks, photography workshops along with migration walks and bird ringing demonstrations across the weekend.
For more details or to book tickets please call Yorkshire Wildlife Trust on 01904 659570 or visit www.ywt.org.uk/spurn-migration-festival.
The event is hosted by Spurn Bird Observatory and Yorkshire Wildlife Trust in partnership with Birding Frontiers
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