Scientists have discovered an “elephant graveyard” of sorts in Florida, containing the remains of at least eight extinct gomphotheres, relatives of the modern elephant. The find was made by a construction crew digging a water main in the area. The ancient creatures likely died between 12,000 and 14,000 years ago, during the last ice age. Palaeontologists are now working to excavate and analyze the remains, hoping to learn more about the gomphotheres’ lives and how they lived in the area. The discovery is a rare opportunity to study these creatures, as their remains are not often found in good condition.
Today: December 10, 2023