Mammoth Remains Found in San Diego

Mon March 16, 2009 - West Edition

SAN DIEGO (AP) The remains of an 8-foot-long mammoth have been discovered at a construction site for a new downtown San Diego law school.

The Thomas Jefferson School of Law said a backhoe operator unearthed the tusk 20 ft. (6 m) below ground level on Feb. 4.

Law school spokesman Chris Saunders said experts from the San Diego Natural History Museum were called in to take over the excavation. He said scientists then discovered the skull and other bones.

A museum curator said it is the remains of a Columbian mammoth, which roamed the Earth about 500,000 years ago.

The law school said digging out the remains will take several days. The mammoth will later be put on display at the Balboa Park museum.