If natural history is something that interests you, then this news is for you. A Texas-based auctioning company called Heritage Auction is all set to sell a rare 30,000-year-old tusk of a mammoth on Friday.
On their website, Heritage Auctions have listed the impressive 82 inches long ancient tusk for auction, whose minimum bid is kept at USD 40,000. The polished Woolly Mammoth Tusk is fondly termed “The Ocean”, describes the auction website. The pictures of the tusk have been shared on their Instagram handle as well, where one can see how the 208 centimetre long tooth of the Ice Age animal has a beautiful greenish-blue coloration. Heritage Auction explains this colouration is due to the replacement of the mineral Vivianite during the fossilization process of the ancient ivory.
The website further mentions that the tusk is going to be an incredible possession of the buyer for its intense colours and a perfectly nice curvature, which still retains its unusual thick form. The maintenance of the tusk is also pretty low since its sublime fossilization has kept it outstandingly preserved. Heritage Auction assures that the polished fossil’s condition requires only minimal expected restoration to the tip and very minor crack fill. Calling it a “truly striking piece”, the auctioneers say that the tusk has a custom metal armature that allows it to “float" into the air.
Not only this, the website has also listed another precious fossil of Western Interior Seaway, known as the Cretaceous Seaway that existed as a large inland sea and effectively split the North American continent in two. The fossil dates back approximately 80 million years ago, according to Heritage Auctions. The mosasaurs were one of the best known predators of their time, and the fossil that shows the Platecarpus was a medium-sized variation of mosasaur that roamed the ancient waters preying on a variety of aquatic fauna. The minimum bid of this ancient fossil is kept at USD 50,000.
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