Amateurs fossil collectors found a giant elephant bone that could be 125,000 years old on Britain’s largest island.
The fossil bone is nearly a meter long and weighs 30 kg was discovered accidentally by the Furguson brothers on the southwestern coast of Wight Island, near Brighstone Bay, after a landslide on January 27.
“Like every day, we roam the beaches south of the Isle of Wight looking for dinosaur fossils. We have done it since childhood but have never seen such astonishing bone. This is really a revelation for life, “said Joe Furguson, 28,.
Joe and his brother Luke Furguson, 30, then took a photo of the specimen and sent it to the Sandown Dinosaur Island Museum on Isle of Wight. According to Dr. Martin Munt, museum director, the 30,000 to 125,000-year-old bone appears to have belonged to a straight ivory or a mammoth.
“The bones of both species have been found on the southwestern coasts of Isle of Wight before, but this specimen is unique and rare. It is exceptionally well preserved in almost intact condition.” , Munt said.
The mammoth went extinct 4,500 years ago. The largest species in this genus, Mammuthus columbi, can grow up to 4 m tall and weigh more than 7 tons, equivalent to the largest terrestrial animal today, the African prairie elephant. Meanwhile, the straight ivory (Palaeoloxodon) includes the largest elephant species ever to reach 5.2 m tall and weigh 14-20 tons. They went extinct 3,000 years ago.
Mammoths and straight tusks both existed with the early wisdom. Over-hunting for meat, tusks and bones is believed to have pushed both species to extinction.