Skull fragments and large tusks of supposed mastodon found in Covasna, Romania


Fragments of a skull and two large tusks of a prehistoric animal were recently discovered in Romania’s Covasna county, and specialists think these could be the remains of a mastodon or a mammoth.

A villager near the Ariusd locality found the skull and the tusks, which were unearthed naturally by soil erosion. He took the director of the Baraolt Museum, Demeter Laszlo, who took the skull fragments and the two 25-centimeter tusks into custody.

The remains have to be analyzed by paleontologists. An almost intact mastodon skeleton was discovered four years ago in Covasna county, near the Racosul de Sus mine, and is currently on display at the Baraolt Museum.

The mastodon is an extinct elephantine mammal, which died out at the end of the Ice Age, around 10,000 years ago and thus shared the prehistoric world with stone-age man.

Adapted from Romania-Insider

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