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3 million year old mammal remains found

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July 24

Grevena, Greece - A group of paleontologists have discovered the tusks and petrified remains of a mastodon, or large mammoth-like mammal, that lived some three million years ago.

The Greek paleontologists from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, along with Dutch specialists from the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam, discovered the remains in the northern Milia region near Grevena.

The tusks weighed a tonne each and measured five metres (16 feet), the longest found to date.

The researchers also dug up petrified remains of a humerus -- the long bone of the arm or forelimb extending from the shoulder to the elbow -- thigh bones and teeth.

The animal appears to have stood 3.5 metres tall and weighed more than six tonnes.

The team, which began excavating sites in the area in 1996, discovered another pair of 4.38-metre mastodon tusks in 1998, and in 2002 they dug up parts of a petrified rhinoceros skull dating from the same period.

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That's really fascinating, and huge tusks, it would have been an impressive sight when it was alive... IMO

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dang whats with all of these ancient mammals being found recently???

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