In Algeria found the skeleton of an elephant that lived three million years ago

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Archaeologists in Algeria discovered the skeleton of the ancient elephant (stegodon) that lived nearly three million years ago.

According to the newspaper «al-Watan», the find was made in the North-East of the country in the province of Sétif during the excavation of the archaeological site of ain El-Gens.

According to scientists, archaeologists found stegodon can be considered to be the oldest discovered to date, the animals that lived on the territory of modern Algeria and North Africa.

«The find is a skull and fragments of skeleton of the animal, it is not planning to withdraw from the land,» the newspaper quoted Algerian working on the excavation the archaeologist Ayman Hamrawi.

Stegodon is a genus of extinct mammals of the squad Robotnik and distant relatives of mammoths and modern Indian elephants. They mostly lived in Asia and 5.5 – 3 million years ago. Stegodon could reach four metres in height and eight in length, and their long tusks were located so close to each other, which, as scientists believe, the trunk of stegodon was not between the tusks, and were hanging through them to the side.

This is not the first unique archaeological discovery made in Algeria. In 1909 on the territory of the plateau of the Tassili, Adger in the Algerian Sahara were found rock drawings from ages four to eight thousand years. They depict everyday scenes from the lives of people — mostly hunting and animals. These drawings became another evidence of what is now desert was once inhabited by the area where people settled, engaged in hunting, fishing and gathering. The object of the Tassili, Adger included in the world heritage list of UNESCO.