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Sunday, July 09, 2006

National Geographic:Stone Age Elephant Found at Ancient U.K. Hunt Site

James Owen reports in National Geographic News that there is an evidence of human life UK during stone age. Here is an excerpt drawn from National Geographic site :

The 400,000-year-old remains of a massive elephant discovered near
London provide the first evidence that Stone Age humans in Britain hunted
and ate the ancient animals, scientists say.



PICTURE:Workers excavate the tusks of a prehistoric elephant found in 2004 near London, England. Researchers were able to date the site to approximately 400,000 years ago, using the teeth of voles (inset)—small rodents resembling rats—that were found near the elephant's remains.The discovery is the first evidence found in Britain of early humans having hunted and eaten ancient elephants. Photographs courtesy: Francis Wenban-Smith

The early humans butchered the elephant at the kill site and ate the meat raw, the archaeologists add. The male straight-tusked elephant—a member of the extinct species Palaeoloxodon antiquus—weighed about 9 tons (9.1 metric tons), twice as large as elephants living today.
Workers unearthed the remains in 2004 in the town of Ebbsfleet, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) east of London (see
map of the United Kingdom), during construction of a new railway line to the Channel Tunnel.
The elephant was found on the edge of an ancient lake along with stone tools that archaeologists say were used to cut up its flesh.
The mammal was probably killed by a group of hunter-gatherers armed with wooden spears, the study team adds.

Read more details on National Geographic site .

(Excerpts are drwan from: news.nationalgeographic.com)

3 Comments:

At July 11, 2006 1:48 AM, Blogger Ancient Clown said...

There was a post I did awhile back that relates to this in a small way, in that it contains a link at the end of it that may interest you. Scientific Myth-takes
your humble servant,
Ancient Clown
p.s. I added you to my links as well.

 
At July 11, 2006 9:49 PM, Blogger Ancient Clown said...

Hello my Brother:
I fixed the link...funny part was, your url was completely correct...but the one above you had a missing quotation mark at the end of it...making comuter not read anything between it and your title. Thanks for bringing that to my attention. I'm usually rushed for time when I do get a chance to use computer and don't always have the luxury of double checking my work.
your humble servant,
Ancient Clown

 
At July 11, 2006 10:44 PM, Blogger Mike said...

Thanks for updating me.
Keep coming to your brother's wonderland
( My Amazing World ):)

 

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