SOCORRO, N.M. (KRQE) – Another piece of ancient New Mexico has been unearthed.
Tom and Sissy Olney reported finding a big mammoth tusk on Bureau of Land Management land in Socorro.
The family has a grazing permit for the land and actually noticed a white object poking from the arroyo, but that was more than 20 years ago.
Over time, the tusk was exposed and they just contacted the BLM about it.
Paleontologists and the Olney’s granddaughter, Jenna Rose, helped out in the excavation.
They said it is a complete tusk about 5 feet long that most likely belonged to a juvenile Colombian mammoth.
It’s now at the Natural History Museum where it will be analyzed by experts.