Rare skull of elephant ancestor unveiled in France

phys.org | 7/12/2018 | Staff
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A French farmer kept quiet for years after stumbling across the skull of an extinct ancestor of the elephant near the Pyrenees mountains, the Natural History Museum of Toulouse has told AFP.

The farmer discovered the first-ever skull of a Pyrenean mastodon in 2014 while doing work on his land near the village of L'Isle-en-Dodon, about 70 kilometres (44 miles) southwest of Toulouse.

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Worried that the farm would be overrun by hordes of amateur paleontologists he kept the find a secret for two years before eventually contacting the museum.

"It was only when we went there, in 2017, that we realised the significance of the discovery," the museum's management said.

Gomphoterium - Pyrenaicum - Kind - Elephant - Tusks

The gomphoterium pyrenaicum was "a kind of elephant with four tusks measuring around 80 centimetres, two on the upper jaw and two...
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