Remains of 10,000-year-old elephant found in Mexico

In the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala, scientist found a 10,000 year old elephant`s skull and tusk.

Last Updated: Jul 25, 2014, 15:35 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

Mexico City: In the central Mexican state of Tlaxcala, scientist found a 10,000 year old elephant`s skull and tusk.

The skull and tusks measure about two metres (6.5 feet), relatively small for a gomphothere - an ancestor of the modern elephant. It possibly indicates that the remains came from a young animal.
Gomphotheres were comparable in size to modern elephants, according to Mexico`s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
An INAH official said that the bones were discovered in May amidst deposits of volcanic sand encrusted by thick layers of limestone.

Workers extracting sand for restoration of the Tepeticpac archaeological site stumbled upon the tip of one of the tusks and alerted INAH, which authorised an excavation for the same.