3.3 million years old elephant remains discovered in Jhelum (Pakistan)


Sulman Alion, News24

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A research team of Zoological department of University of the Punjab has found 3.3 million years old elephant remains. The discovery has happened in Tatrot, area of Jhelum.

According to the details the research team has found an ivory during the digging. “The ivory is 6.1 feet long and around 7 inches wide,” reporter Faizan Khan told the channel.

He further said that this ivory will be transferred to the Dr. Abubakar Display and Research Centre in University of the Punjab. “It will be further examined and tested in the centre,”

Earlier in February 2016, research team from same department of the University found  an ancient, unique tusk from the modern elephant’s cousin stegodon. The finding helped in shedding light on the evolutionary history of the prehistoric mammal.

The stegodon tusk, which was believed to be 1.1 million years old, was excavated in the central province of Punjab.

The fossil was 96 inches in length and 8 inches in diameter, making it the largest tusk ever discovered in the country.

The stegodon tusk was discovered by scientists  during an expedition in the Padri district.

“This discovery adds to our knowledge about the evolution of the stegodon, particularly in this region,” said Professor Muhammad Akhtar, lead researcher of the excavation.

Akhtar said it sheds light on what the mammal’s environment was like when it was alive.