A giant prehistoric elephant’s tusk has been found in Israel

01 September 2022, 12:10 PM IST

The category that includes the elephant, the owner of the tusk, which has just been discovered, is much larger than the African elephants. K

August 31, 2022. REUTERS/ Amir Cohen

Fossil of the tusk of a prehistoric elephant was found in the Mediterranean region. It was discovered during excavations in southern Israel. Archaeologists said the discovery would provide insight into the ancient life of the region.

It is a 2.5 meter long horn. It belongs to the long-horned elephant known as the extinct straight-tusked elephants. It is estimated to be five lakh years old. Stone weapons and remains of other creatures have been found in the region.

Avi Levy, a historian at the Israel Antiquities Authority and director of the excavation, said it was the largest prehistoric ivory found in or near Israel.

The category that includes the elephant, the owner of the tusk, which has just been discovered, is much larger than the African elephants. These elephants lived in the region along with many species including cattle, horses, deer, wild boar and hippopotamus. Later they were subjected to hunting for various human needs.

Archaeologists believe that the fossil can provide information about the conditions when the elephant lived. The horn will be displayed in an exhibition hall at the National Campus for Archeology in Jerusalem, Israel.

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