THE DALLES, Ore. -- A "mammoth" discovery was made in eastern Oregon earlier this month.
Researchers said they discovered part of a mammoth tusk in a hillside in the Morrow County town of Ione, just east of The Dalles.
The tusk initially was thought to be a tree branch, but a science teacher from the nearby high school checked it out and called in some paleontology specialists.
"It turned out to be a pretty nice piece of tusk, probably a mammoth tusk," said University of Oregon paleobiologist Ed Davis. "It is about 8 to 10 inches in diameter and we got probably between 10 and 15 inches of tusk preserved."
A plastic jacket was molded around the fragile tusk to help protect it before it was removed from the hillside. Exact measurements were not available.