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The Wichita Eagle reported on Oct. 18 about a WSU-led expedition to uncover remains of a mammoth tusk.

Photo: Fernando Salazar / The Wichita Eagle
Steve Roberts, left, a graduate student in anthropology at Wichita State University, helps lead a team of WSU graduate students as they remove a mammoth tusk during an excavation Monday near Cunningham.

Prehistoric find lets WSU students get their hands on history

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

  • A Wichita State team including students and faculty led a recent expedition to uncover remains of a mammoth.
  • The ancient remains were discovered in Cunningham, Kansas.
  • The 8-foot tusk will be brought to WSU and meticulously cleaned over the next year.

Hot winds and dust kicked up in a field on the east side of town as Wichita State University students and their professor came face to face with a time machine – a mammoth tusk.

The tusk gained importance as the day went on, said David Hughes, WSU associate professor of anthropology.

“We went from looking at the site thinking it might be as old as 15,000 to 20,000 years old into thinking it might be more like 200,000 years, which would put it as one of the earliest discovered in Kansas,” Hughes said.

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Created on Tuesday, October 18, 2016; Last modified on Tuesday, October 18, 2016