Mammoth task for Eastbourne pupil Alexander

Alexander MacGregor SUS-141125-130038001
Alexander MacGregor SUS-141125-130038001

A student from St Andrew’s Prep in Eastbourne got to help name a mammoth – and he chose ‘Monty’.

After helping to name the mammoth, Alexander MacGregor was presented with a mammoth tooth by natural history expert and author, Errol Fuller.

Alexander said he was amazed how heavy and big the tooth was and had taken it along to show it to his classmates this week. Auctioneers Summers Place Auctions ran a competition for someone to name a woolly mammoth – which Alexander won.

Once the mammoth skeleton had its name, it was ready to go up for auction a, and was expected to fetch between £150,000 and £250,000.

An auction spokesman said, “The woolly mammoth was one of the most celebrated creatures ever to walk the earth, the most famous animal of the Ice Age, which died out about 10,000 years ago.

“This is a virtually complete mammoth skeleton with beautiful tusks, which makes it particularly rare. The woolly mammoth coexisted with early humans, who hunted them for food and used its bones and tusks for making art, which also explains why complete skeletons are so rare.”

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