You’d think mammoth tusks would be hard enough to find, let alone collect and sell by the dozen.
But apparently everyone is tripping over them in the Republic of Yakutia in Russia’s Far East, where police have just seized 600kg of the things.
“Police found 71 tusks … at a warehouse [in Blagoveschensk],” the department said.
Ria Novosti reports three men were intent on selling the tusks to Chinese nationals.
Yakutia is a stronghold for mammoths, or was, hosting up to 90 per cent of all found fossils.
The tusks can fetch as much per kilogram as silver, making this haul worth nearly $100,000.
Bizarrely, police are investigating whether the tusks were collected legally.