A tusk of Mammuthus trogontherii was saved just in time before it was completely broken into pieces. It was dredged from the Rhine, somewhere between Stockstadt and Gross Rohrheim in Germany, and at first considered merely a piece of wood. The proximal part was still complete, but the remaining part had already disappeared. After comparison with the widest tusk of M. trogontherii known so far (in the possession of the Palaeontological Institute of Moscow), which has a circumference of 70 cm, it appears that the newly discovered tusk with its circumference of 71 cm is the widest tusk ever described.