13 million year old skull found in Haute-Garonne
Remains of gomphoterium have never been discovered in western Europe until now.
According to information published by La Dépêche.fr and confirmed by Francis Duranthon, director of the Toulouse Museum, the skull of a mastodon more than 13 million years old was discovered near Lisle-en-Dodon.
The huge skull with four tusks was discovered by a resident of Lisle-en-Dodon.
The skull and the tusks are about 1.60 meters long, and it is estimated that the animal could have been three metres high.
The team worked to extract these huge bones from the ground which had to be locked in a block of plaster given their fragility. The block has been sent to the laboratories of the Museum for analytical work that could take "several months” according to Francis Duranthon.
It’s too early to tell exactly what it is, but experts are saying that it could be an ancestor of the mammoth and elephant.
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