Chinese demand for prehistoric tusks fuels ‘mammoth rush’ in Siberia

Chinese demand for prehistoric tusks fuels ‘mammoth rush’ in Siberia

South China Morning Post - World·2019-01-04 11:55

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Crouching near a wooden shed in his snowy backyard, Prokopy Nogovitsyn lifts up a grey tarpaulin and takes out a vertebra the size of a saucer – part of a mammoth skeleton.

“Some friends found this in the north and wanted to sell it,” says Nogovitsyn, who lives in a village in the northern Siberian region of Yakutia. “But it lacks tusks, so nobody wanted it.”

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