Prehistoric Mastodon tusk uncovered in Greece

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram This week saw a massive 2-metre tusk found in Greece said to belong to a prehistoric Mastodon.The tusk, which is in surprisingly good condition, was discovered during landslide operations by workers of the PPC site in Florina.Ptolemais Palaeontological Museum officials collected the prehistoric find from the Amynteo quarry site and transported the find to the museum for further evaluation and maintenance.The Mastodon, is a mammoth-like animal and the ancestor of the elephant found mainly in Europe, Asia, and North America, but how they became extinct remains a mystery to this date.Mastodons became extinct in Europe and Asia about two million years ago, however, the species survived in North America until their disappearance 10,000 years ago.Mastodon tusks point forwards, rather than spiraling upwards like the elephants’ and also had different teeth.This is not the first Mastodon-related discovery in Greece as back in 2007 Dutch scientist Dick Mol, examined a find near Grevena whose tusks measured 5m and 4m.“They are the longest tusks ever found on a prehistoric elephant-like animal. It is spectacular,” Mr Mol told BBC at the time.last_img