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8 million-year-old elephant-like remains found in FYROM


Paleontologists from Bulgaria and the Former Yugoslavian Province of Macedonia (FYROM) are excavating the fossilized remains of a prehistoric elephant believed to pre-date the mammoth, after its bones were discovered accidentally by a man working in a field.

8 million-year-old elephant-like remains found in FYROM
8 million-year-old elephant-like remains found in FYROM
A member of a paleontologist team applies a liquid to protect a fossilized skeleton of extinct species of elephant,
excavated at Dolni Disan, near Negotino, in central FYROM
[Credit: Boris Grdanoski, via AFP]
Scientists at the Natural Science Museum of Skopje and the Natural History Museum of Sofia said Tuesday they began excavating the skeleton in Dolni Disan in central FYROM last Friday. They estimated the animal would have weighed about 10 tons and have been about 50 years old at the time of its death, roughly 8 million years ago during the Miocene epoch.

8 million-year-old elephant-like remains found in FYROM
8 million-year-old elephant-like remains found in FYROM
Paleontologists from Bulgaria and FYROM are excavating the fossilized remains of a prehistoric elephant believed
 to pre-date the mammoth, after its bones were found accidentally by a man working in a field
[Credit: Boris Grdanoski, via AFP]
Biljana Garevska of the Natural Science Museum in Skopje said the fossil was of one of the elephant's ancestors which roamed the region at a time when it was covered by African-like savannah.

Source: The Associated Press [April 24, 2018]

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