Longest elephants’ tusks ever discovered in Greece


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Translated from Dutch news agency ANP:

Longest tusks ever unearthed

23 July 2007 15:44

ROTTERDAM – In the Greek town Milia near Thessaloniki the longest tusks ever have been discovered. On Monday, a spokesperson for the Natural History Museum in Rotterdam, of which an expert helps with the digging, has announced this. They are the tusks of a three million year old relative of elephants, a European Mastodont.

The tusks are just two centimeters short of five meter.

… The tusks by the way will stay in Greece.

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  1. Rare mammal remains found in Greece
    Article from: AAP

    From correspondents in Greece

    July 23, 2007 10:42pm

    A GROUP of paleontologists has discovered the tusks and petrified remains of a mastodon, a 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, the longest found to date.

    “This is a rare and unique find in Greece and is useful for studies of a period dating back three million years,” geology professor Evangelia Tsoukala said.

    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 3.5m tall and weighed more than six tonnes, Prof Tsoukala said.

    Her team, which began excavating sites in the area in 1996, discovered a pair of 4.38m 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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  2. World’s Hottest Chili to Repel Elephants

    Monday November 19, 2007 2:31 PM

    By WASBIR HUSSAIN

    Associated Press Writer

    GAUHATI, India (AP) – Wildlife experts in northeastern India are experimenting with a new weapon to prevent marauding elephants from destroying homes and crops and trampling people in villages close to their habitat – super-hot chilies.

    Conservationists working on the experimental project in Assam state said they have put up jute fences smeared with automobile grease and bhut jolokia – also known as the ghost chili and certified as the world’s hottest chili by the Guinness Book of World Records. They also were using smoke bombs made from the chili to keep elephants out.

    “We fill straw nests with pungent dry chili and attach them to sticks before burning it. The fireball emits a strong pungent smell that succeeds in driving away elephants,” Nandita Hazarika of the Assam Haathi (Elephant) Project told The Associated Press on Monday.

    Hazarika said the chilies would not be eaten and that the smell would be enough to repel the elephants. He emphasized the measures would not harm the animals.

    Northeast India accounts for the world’s largest concentration of wild Asiatic elephants; 5,000 are estimated living in Assam alone.

    Conservationists say wild elephants increasingly attack human settlements encroaching on their natural habitat. Satellite imagery by India’s National Remote Sensing Agency shows that up to 691,880 acres of Assam’s forests were cleared from 1996 to 2000.

    More than 600 people have been killed by wild elephants in Assam in the past 16 years and villagers have reacted with an anger that has shocked conservationists. In 2001, in Sonitpur district, 112 miles north of the state capital of Gauhati, villagers poisoned 19 wild elephants to death after they feasted on crops and trampled houses.

    “We have been forced to look for ingenious means to keep wild elephants from straying out of their habitats,” M.C. Malakar, the state’s chief wildlife warden, told the AP.

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