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Thursday, 5 November 2009

Fossils of ancient elephants found in Yunnan

Fossils of ancient elephants were found in Shuitangba community, in Taiping Village, Zhaoyang District, in Zhaotong City, Yunnan Province recently when local farmers were digging for coal. Archeologists say this is the largest site of fossils of ancient elephants in South China.
In the Zhaotong Basin of Yunnan where the fossil was found, over 10 new types of fossils of ancient elephants have been unearthed since the 1950s. Archeologists estimate that the fossil discovered in Shuitangba community lived 3 million to 7 million years ago. The restored fossils can form three skeletons of the ancient elephants, one of which has a tusk 2.6 meters long and weighed 150 kilograms.

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