3-meter-long ancient ivory fossil discovered in Anhui

17:23, September 10, 2010      

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Many villagers came to watch the excavation of the ancient ivory fossil at Zhang Changying Village, Mengcheng County of Anhui Province on the afternoon of Sept 8.

A 3.34-meter-long ancient ivory fossil were found at Zhang Changying Village, Mengcheng County of Anhui Province on the afternoon of Sept 8.

After primary certification, researchers believe the ivory fossil belonged to an ancient elephant that lived about 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. The fossil was buried 5 meters under the ground, and the thickest part of it reaches 22 centimeters. And judging from the ivory, it could be an adult elephant.

According to archaeologists, the discovery of the fossil provides important evidence to analyze the geological distribution of water and land, climate changes and the evolutionary history of animals in Anhui Province.

By Wang Hanlu, People's Daily Online
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