Mercator Allows Offer for Tyler Resources to Expire



    TRADING SYMBOL: TSX - ML

    VANCOUVER, Jan. 9 /CNW/ - Mercator Minerals Ltd. ("Mercator") announced
today that it has allowed its offer to acquire common shares of Tyler
Resources Ltd. to expire at 8:00 pm EST on January 8, 2008 and will not
acquire any shares of Tyler pursuant to the offer.

    Mercator Minerals Ltd.

    Mercator is a copper producer that owns and operates the Mineral Park
copper mine in Arizona, with a corporate strategy focused on maximizing the
production potential of the Mineral Park moly-copper deposit and growing
through mergers and acquisitions. The Company is in an advanced stage of
construction of the moly-copper expansion at Mineral Park. At full capacity,
the Mineral Park mine average annual production during the first 10 years is
forecast to be approximately 56.4 million pounds of copper, 10.3 million
pounds of molybdenum and 600,000 ounces of silver.

    On Behalf of the Board of Directors

    MERCATOR MINERALS LTD.

    Per: "Michael L. Surratt"
    Michael L. Surratt,
    President

    This press release contains certain forward-looking statements, which
include estimates, forecasts, and statements as to management's expectations
with respect to, among other things, the size and quality of the Company's
mineral reserves and mineral resources, future production, capital and mine
production costs, demand and market outlook for commodities, and the financial
results of the Company. These forward-looking statements involve numerous
assumptions, risks and uncertainties and actual results may vary.
    Factors that may cause actual results to vary include, but are not
limited to, changes in commodity and power prices, changes in interest and
currency exchange rates, inaccurate geological and metallurgical assumptions
(including with respect to the size, grade and recoverability of mineral
reserves and resources), unanticipated operational difficulties (including
failure of plant, equipment or processes to operate in accordance with
specifications, cost escalation, unavailability of materials and equipment,
delays in the receipt of government approvals, industrial disturbances or
other job action, and unanticipated events related to health, safety and
environmental matters), political risk, social unrest, and changes in general
economic conditions or conditions in the financial markets. These risks are
described in more detail in the Annual Information Form of the Company. The
Company does not assume the obligation to revise or update these
forward-looking statements after the date of this report or to revise them to
reflect the occurrence of future unanticipated events, except as may be
required under applicable securities laws.
    For a more complete discussion, please refer to the Company's audited
financial statements and MD&A for the year ended December 31, 2006 on the
SEDAR website at www.sedar.com.

    The Toronto Stock Exchange does not accept responsibility for the
    adequacy or accuracy of this press release.





For further information:

For further information: Marc LeBlanc, VP Corporate Development and
Corporate Secretary, Tel: (604) 981-9661 or (604) 716-5582, Fax: (604)
960-9661, Email: mleblanc@mercatorminerals.com

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