Friday, August 08, 2008

2.5 Million-Year-Old Mastodon Skeleton Un-Earthed

You know theoretically this fossil could be older than John McCain.


Intact Mastodon Skeleton Unearthed in Romania

Aug. 8, 2008 -- Miners in Romania have unearthed the skeleton of a 2.5 million-year-old mastodon, believed to be one of the best preserved in Europe, a local official said Friday..

..The mastadon became extinct in Europe two to three million years ago. Codrea, of Babes Bolyai University in Cluj, said 90 percent of the skeleton's bones were intact, with damage to the skull and tusks..."

..The animal -- 10 feet high and 23 feet long -- was a forefather of today's elephants. It is related to the mammoth, but fed on leaves instead of grazing and had straight tusks, instead of curved ones. The reason it died out was probably due to climate change, said Codrea.."



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