Scientists prepare to lift tusk from Seattle pit

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In this photo provided by the Burke Museum, In this photo provided by the Burke Museum, Burke Museum paleontologists Bruce Crowley, top, Bax Barton, right, and Dave DeMar apply layers of plaster to the exposed side of a mammoth tusk early Friday morning, Feb. 14, 2014. The mammoth tusk was discovered days earlier during excavation at an apartment construction site just north of downtown. The plaster protects the tusk from bending and cracking throughout the drying process, which may take up to 12 months. The tusk, believed to be of a Columbian mammoth, was measured at 8.5 feet long after it was fully exposed overnight. The company building a 118-unit apartment complex at the site has nearly stopped construction to accommodate the scientists. (AP Photo/Burke Museum, Christian Sidor)