Anthony Talluto

man holding an ammonite fossil

Project Manager Anthony Talluto has lived across the country and even overseas, but that’s not the most interesting part about him. He has a passion for archeology, and has discovered hundreds of ancient artifacts including an 8-foot long mammoth tusk.

What do you do?

I manage projects from beginning to end, including design and construction. I’ve been working for the city for a year and two months. Some projects that I managed are the North Kansas Avenue and St. Christopher Avenue reconstruction projects.

Favorite part about your job?

I like interacting with a lot of different people and different types of companies.

Where are you from?

My dad is a Marine, so I’ve lived in many different places with my family. I was born in Jacksonville, Florida and my family is from New Orleans. I’ve lived in Florida, Texas, New York, South Carolina, New Orleans, and Okinawa, Japan. Moving around so much never bothered me, it was easy to meet new people when they were always in the same situation you were.

What was the place you most enjoyed living in?

My favorite we lived in was Okinawa, Japan. I was there from 7th to 9th grade. As a teenager, it was pretty cool to be able to go anywhere on the island. I got my certification for scuba diving while I was there, so I got to do a lot of scuba diving. I also learned a bit of Japanese while I was there.

Do you plan to move again in the future?

I think Texas is it for now, my wife Angela graduated from veterinary school last year and we decided to move out this way and so far we enjoy it!

Your wife is a vet, are you both animal lovers?

Absolutely, we foster dogs regularly through a group near our house. We recently just took a mom dog out of the shelter that had five puppies,  so we raised them and adopted them out. We own two dogs (a boxer named Asher and a mixed breed retriever named Willow) and two cats (Don and Sadler).

Hobbies outside of work?

I like to go fossil collecting, do woodworking, and I like saltwater fish tanks.

How did you start collecting fossils?

When I lived in South Carolina, we were right on the coast. Fortunately, on the base we lived on, there was a beach where I was able to go and collect shark teeth. I was around 10 years old, so that kind of started it. I picked up doing my own research and collecting stuff when I got to college around 10 years ago. The majority of my collecting was in Mississippi.

man hiking near river

man showing off mammoth tusk

What have you collected?

The majority of what I collect are marine fossils which include: sea urchins, shark teeth, shells and ammonites. They are mostly Cretaceous aged, which means they are between 65 to 145 million years old.

What’s the best thing you’ve collected?

I have an 8-foot mammoth tusk that I collected near Dallas in a river earlier this year in March.I spent five days exposing little by little. It was a once in a lifetime experience to find a tusk like that because a lot of the times they’re in pieces and don’t preserve very well.

Is any of your stuff on display?

I’ve donated a lot of it to the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science. A couple of these are likely new species, one of which I have the hopes to get names after me!

Describe yourself in three words:

Adventurous, inquisitive, analytical.