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600-year-old coin found in Kenya…..


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Scientists from Illinois have found a rare, 600-year-old Chinese coin on the Kenyan island of Manda.

The Field Museum in Chicago announced the find Wednesday. The joint expedition was led by Chapurukha Kusimba of the museum and Sloan Williams of the University of Illinois-Chicago. Researchers say the coinproves trade existed between China and eastern Africa decades before European explorers set sail.

The coin is made of copper and silver. It has a square hole in the center so it could be worn on a belt. Scientists say it was issued by Emperor Yongle of China and his name is written on the coin.

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Mammoth Tooth Found in San Francisco Construction Site..11,000 years old



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A crane operator working on a transit project in San Francisco unearthed a tooth of a woolly mammoth on Monday. Paleontologist James Allen told ABC News’ San Francisco affiliate, KGO-TV, that the tooth was believed to be between 10,000 and 11,000 years old, and that the fossil was in good condition.

“The Bay was a grassy valley with herds of these extinct critters just roaming around,” said Allen. “It’s a big deal, so we can study it, get some age dates, which help us figure out tectonics [and] seismicity like the San Andreas Fault.”

The 10-inch long fragment of tooth was found by crane operator Brandon Valasik 110 feet underground.

“I was excavating using a hammer grab and going through a layer of sand, when suddenly I noticed some strange object that came out,” Valasik told KGO-TV. “A few people tried to convince me that it was just a rock, but it just looked too perfect to be a rock.”

The Transbay Joint Powers Authority, the organization in charge of the project, plans to donate the fossil to the California Academy of Sciences.

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