Southern mammoth's remains found in Mariupol

Source : 112 Ukraine

Over a million years old Mammuthus meridionalis discovered in Ukraine, main excavation will start in spring-summer of the next year
18:20, 10 November 2016

Two local women found southern mammoth’s remains of over a million years old on the coast of the Sea of Azov in Mariupol. Southern mammoths are ancestors of mammoths. This was reported by the Mariupol TV channel Sigma.

“I doubted at first that it could be the mammoth, as this animal is rare in Azov region,” said the head of the archaeological expedition of Mariupol State University Vyacheslav Zabavin. Latest data showed that southern mammoth’s remains were found and it’s the most ancient mammoth type that lived two million to million years ago. 

The fragments were sent for detailed expertise to Kyiv.

Two women who were walking along the coast found the bones. They noticed the bones which they at first mistook for a tree but then they saw joints and decided that it could be something important.

Some bones are in sand and clay and some of them are in water.

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The Head of the Culture and Tourism Directorate of Mariupol Oksana Grinko believes that they can find more bones and assemble the whole skeleton.

“It is possible that here, under all these tons of sand we can find the whole skeleton. Because the bones are scattered in a small distance from each other, the bones are fossilized and those are indeed bones,” she says.

Main excavation will start in spring-summer of the next year. This will be a joint expedition of regional museum, Mariupol State University and Kyiv specialists.

Seven relatively complete skeletons of southern mammoth discovered in the world so far.

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