Mammoth remains discovered in San Diego

February 5, 2009 7:12:16 AM PST
Construction crews in San Diego uncovered the remains of an eight-foot-long mammoth Wednesday.

It happened after a backhoe operator hit-up against a hard object -- 20 feet below ground level.

That's when he unearthed a gigantic tusk.

Paleontologists from the San Diego History museum are taking over what's now being called an excavation.

Scientists uncovered a skull and other bones.

They say it appears to be the remains of a Columbian mammoth which roamed the Earth half a million years ago.

The dig is expected to take several days.

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