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29 Sep, 2007 18:33

'Jumbo' find in southern Russia

The skeleton of an ancient creature known as the “southern elephant” have been found in Russia's Stavropol region. There are just five such skeletons in the world, but these remains may be the most complete – palaeontologists have e

The animal lived over one million years ago – long before humans or even mammoths walked the earth.

Scientists suggest it died when it was covered by a collapsed river bank. Unfortunately, some locals have carried away many of the elephant's teeth. The police are now appealing for them to bring “the souvenirs” back.

The discovery will be displayed at the local museum alongside another skeleton of the same type found in the area.