TOWNSEND (WATE) – Townsend’s Tuckaleechee Caverns has a new addition. A tour guide found a genuine mastodon tooth near the cavern stream last year while looking for quartz.
The caverns have now gotten the tooth verified by two University of Tennessee archaeologists.
The mastodon, a giant, hairy animal that looks somewhat like an elephant, lived around 10,000 to 20,000 years ago during the ice age.
The tooth, put on display Tuesday, will be a permanent part of the attraction and has already brought in some big crowds since its debut.