Science: Tiger in the Bank

Shortly after excavators began blasting into the ground to prepare the way for construction of a new 28-story bank building in downtown Nashville two years ago, a sharp-eyed workman spotted something strange in the limestone debris—an ivory-colored, banana-shaped object that looked like a miniature elephant tusk. Bank officials, hearing of the odd discovery, quickly called in an amateur archaeologist, Robert Ferguson, who immediately recognized the find. It was a fossilized fang from a saber-toothed tiger, an extinct, ferocious-looking creature that once stalked wide areas of the Americas.

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