Created on Wednesday, 09 October 2013 Written by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan charity that collects donated clothing, shoes and other items for low-income residents got a really old cast-off in a donation box: A mastodon tooth.
Collections Curator Alex Forist of Grand Rapids, Mich., holds a mastodon tooth which has broken into two pieces at the Community Archives and Research Center in Grand Rapids on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013. The Grand Rapids charitable organization In The Image gave the mastodon tooth and what is believed to be a mastodon tusk to the Grand Rapids Museum after discovering them in a box of donated goods. The tusk and tooth, which is a third permanent molar, will be researched, catalogued and photographed as well as used for educational purposes with children by the museum. According to Forist the tooth is between 12,000 and 15,000 years old. (AP Photo/Grand Rapids Press, | MLive.com)
The Grand Rapids Press reports (http://bit.ly/18OzlKt ) the remains of the extinct relative of the elephant turned up during a July pickup in Grand Rapids. The charity called In The Image turned them over to the Grand Rapids Public Museum, which is adding them to its collection.
The tooth is broken into two parts and is covered in lacquer. A tusk, also covered in lacquer, is hollow at one end and also may be from a mastodon.
The museum already has a number of mastodon bones and the new additions will be available for loan to educators for use as a learning tool in schools.