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Old November 18, 1999, 06:58 PM   #16
Danger Dave
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Ben, don't confuse the cost of excavating an intact mammoth with digging up a couple of tusks. When they see them poking through the ice, the Siberians get some friends and some ice axes and chip away...All it takes is time. Mammoth tusks are much bigger than elephant tusks, but they still probably weigh only a few hundred pounds - 5 or 6 healthy men could carry them quite a distance (like, to the bed of a truck). Cheaper than a helicopter and a team of scientists...

Oh yeah, it's environmentally sound, too - mastadons are already extinct, so there's no danger of wiping them out for ivory.
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