Story by Ed Emmons (TCM Website Director)
The Tazewell County Museum received a surprise gift from member Linda Rosenthal last week, a clone of a Ivory Tusk from a Woolly Mammoth. Director Christal Dagit told me that they knew nothing about the gift until Linda called her and told her to be expecting a delivery.
The cloned Tusk will be displayed near the Museum's other Mammoth items, such as the authentic teeth from a Woolly Mammoth. Christal said that all of the real Tusk are held by the State of Illinois. Two Tusk were found in our area off Tower line road back in the 1980's, and they are displayed at the Illinois State Museum.
Christal knows this because the teeth the Museum has were taken to the Illinois State Museum to be cleaned and authenticated, and are on record with the State. Christal went on to say that in our area, their were both Woolly Mammoth's and Mastodon's. Woolly Mammoth's remains were generally found in sandy area's such as gravel pits, while Mastodon's remains were generally found in boggy, swampy area's. This information was explained to Christal by Dr. Jeffrey Saunders at the Illinois State Museum. The new addition will be used as a educational tool.