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Mammoth Tooth Found In Downtown San Francisco 66

Posted by timothy
from the that'll-put-somebody's-kids-through-college dept.
DevotedSkeptic writes with this excerpt pulled from the San Francisco Chronicle:"A seemingly ordinary day at the Transbay Transit Center construction site became a mammoth day of discovery Monday when a mild-mannered crane operator reached deep into the earth and pulled out a tooth. This was no ordinary tooth. The 10-inch-long brown, black and beige chomper, broken in two and missing a chunk, once belonged to a woolly mammoth, an elephantine creature that roamed the grassy valley that's now San Francisco Bay 10 to 15 thousand years ago in the Pleistocene epoch."
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Mammoth Tooth Found In Downtown San Francisco

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  • meet the (Score:5, Funny)

    by binarylarry (1338699) on Friday September 14, 2012 @07:35PM (#41341715)

    I hope he held it high in the air and yelled "Yabba dabba dooooooo!"

    • Re: (Score:2, Informative)

      by AG the other (1169501)

      Wish I had some mod points. That's a good one.

    • by wonkey_monkey (2592601) on Friday September 14, 2012 @08:17PM (#41342089) Homepage
      People from Dubai don't like The Flintstones, but those from Abu Dhabi do.
      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by xevioso (598654)

        stop. just...stop.

        • I wish I could, but I can't. What's E.T. short for?
          • by Dogtanian (588974) on Saturday September 15, 2012 @07:41AM (#41345241) Homepage

            I wish I could, but I can't. What's E.T. short for?

            Evolutionary reasons- the gravity on his home planet is relatively high.

  • Hey Barney! (Score:5, Funny)

    by MobileTatsu-NJG (946591) on Friday September 14, 2012 @07:44PM (#41341801)

    "A seemingly ordinary day at the Transbay Transit Center construction site became a mammoth day of discovery Monday when a mild-mannered crane operator reached deep into the earth and pulled out a tooth.

    He proceeded to shout in a peculiar dialect and then slide barefoot down the spine of his crane to the bedrock below. Excited about this new discovery... or maybe it was that it was quittin time, he sang a catchy little tune and pushed his car home. According to legend, he had ribs for dinner.

    • "mild-mannered crane operator"

      Why do they mention "mild-mannered" in this rather explicit manner? Is it somehow important for the narrative? Did the touch of the tooth mutate him intro a violent prehistoric ancestor of the Hulk?

  • ...at least we'll have a mammoth tooth!

  • by Anonymous Coward
    will not make a joke about a tooth fairy in SF...nope, won't.
  • by Spy Handler (822350) on Friday September 14, 2012 @07:56PM (#41341911) Homepage Journal

    There was no SF Bay when that mammoth was walking around. Evil humans hadn't begun changing the climate and melting glaciers yet, so the sea level was at its optimum. SF and NY were hundreds of miles inland, so real estate prices were affordable. Chicago was under several kilometers of ice, thank goodness.

    All in all, a wonderful time.

  • Stop work! (Score:2, Interesting)

    by danbuter (2019760)
    Sadly for the Transit Authority, all work will have to be stopped and archeologists will have to be called in. I expect this project will lose at least two years in construction time.
    • Re:Stop work! NOT (Score:4, Informative)

      by ukemike (956477) on Friday September 14, 2012 @10:42PM (#41343165) Homepage

      Sadly for the Transit Authority, all work will have to be stopped and archeologists will have to be called in. I expect this project will lose at least two years in construction time.

      From TFA
      "Excavation work in the area was halted while the find was examined, but Allen said that because of the depth of the discovery, it's unsafe and unrealistic to send someone down to inspect the site, so digging was allowed to continue. "

  • can we at least get pleistocene park?

    you will be the coolest bastard since pt barnum and have instant historical fame

    there's got to be some internet bazillionaire who doesn't want to fly into space, but really wants a f**cking wooly mammoth in his back yard

    ok then. get it done!

    the gobs of dna we have from many specimens, some elephant zygote blanked out, and an elephant surrogate mother... i mean we're on the cusp of this happening, aren't we?

    • by NoMaster (142776) on Friday September 14, 2012 @10:35PM (#41343123) Homepage Journal

      can we at least get pleistocene park?

      We can't even manage Holocene Park properly - the dominant animal at the top of the food chain runs rampant, destroying everything in its sight, and is starting to escape its confines and invade neighbouring locations - and you want to start on Pleistocene Park?

    • by Dogtanian (588974)

      can we at least get pleistocene park?

      Well, these dinosaurs [youtube.com] are obviously from the, er, Plasticine era. ;-)

    • by couchslug (175151)

      "there's got to be some internet bazillionaire who doesn't want to fly into space, but really wants a f**cking wooly mammoth in his back yard"

      He can marry my mother-in-law instead.

  • Tooth Fairy (Score:5, Funny)

    by Delarth799 (1839672) on Friday September 14, 2012 @09:30PM (#41342687)
    Wonder how much Ill get for putting this big ol tooth under the pillow
  • It's Herb Caen's.
  • by rgmoore (133276) <glandauer@charter.net> on Friday September 14, 2012 @10:52PM (#41343207) Homepage

    That's nice, but they've got a long way to go to compete with the La Brea Tar Pits. When they were building a new parking site for the LA County Museum, they found an almost complete mammoth skeleton, not just one tooth. That and a whole bunch of other incredibly cool fossils. One more reason to prefer Southern California.

    • by Anonymous Coward

      That's nice, but they've got a long way to go to compete with the La Brea Tar Pits. When they were building a new parking site for the LA County Museum, they found an almost complete mammoth skeleton, not just one tooth. That and a whole bunch of other incredibly cool fossils. THE ONLY reason to prefer Southern California.

      FTFY.

      When the Big One hits, I'm praying for southern California to fall into the ocean, and the rest to stay put.

  • Check out this guy [berkeley.edu], who turned up a few year ago in San Jose, about an hour's drive south of SF.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Keep digging, you might find a Republican. Or the missing ballots from the last election.

  • The 10-inch-long brown, black and beige [object found in downtown San Francisco]

    Timmy! Put that thing down and get the hell away from it! TIMMY!

  • When I first read the headline I read "Mammoth Tool Discovered in Downtown SF". I thought "Why is that news? plenty of THOSE around there"

  • . . . left by an Apple employee in a bar in the Pleistocene epoch. The cops and Apple private detectives will come by soon to claim it.

    And, yes, it has round corners.

    broken in two and missing a chunk

    The caveman wasn't holding it right.

  • Still too small for Nancy Pelosi's mouth.

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