The strangest thing Parker Schnabel has ever unearthed about the gold rush


It may not be entirely surprising for mining operations to excavate a curiosity or two from time to time, but Parker Schnabel’s team once unearthed an archaeological find of colossal proportions. In an interview with MalestromSchnabel revealed that he and his crew once dug up a well-preserved woolly mammoth tusk. “We found some mammoth tusks, which is great,” says Schnabel. “They’re preserved because they’re made of ivory and they’re buried in the permafrost so the weather doesn’t really suit them. Some of them are in beautiful shape.”

The majestic woolly mammoth, or Siberia, roamed the earth until about 5,000 years ago (through, became extinct at the end of the last ice age. Well-preserved relics are relatively numerous, especially in the Arctic and Siberian regions. In fact, there’s enough DNA material left over that there are even planned efforts to bring back the woolly mammoth through genetic resurrection (via New York Times).

Until that day comes, mammoth fossils and intact tusks make for valuable and exotic collectibles. Parker Schnabel certainly thought so, when he decided to keep his tusk. “I usually keep them,” he revealed to The Malestrom. “You’re allowed to sell them, you just need a few permits to export them out of the territory, but I thought they were great so I had to keep them.” The strangest thing Parker Schnabel has ever unearthed about the gold rush


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