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Mammoth Grevena tusk in Guinness Book of Records

2009-09-05 - Grevena, Greece

A fossil mastodon tusk found in the northern Greek region of Grevena was officially entered into the Guiness Book of Records on Saturday as the largest ever found. The tusk is truly mammoth at 5.02 metres in length, dates back three million years and belongs to the extinct mastodon species Mammut borsoni. The previous record for the worlds largest tusk was also held by a tusk found in the Grevena region in 1997, with a length of 4.39 metres.



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The tusks were well preserved (Photo: Prof Evangelia Tsoukala, 2007)

Greek mastodon find spectacular

2007-07-24 - Grevena, Greece

The remains of a prehistoric mastodon have been found in northern Greece, including intact long tusks. A Dutch scientist at the site, Dick Mol, says the find near Grevena should help explain why mastodons died out in Europe two to three million years ago. The mastodons tusks measure 5m (16.5ft) and 4m, Mr Mol told the BBC. They are the longest tusks ever found on a prehistoric elephant-like animal. "It is spectacular," Mr Mol said.



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Ancient DNA forces reconsideration of evolutionary history of Mediterranean pygmy elephantids.

2006-09-22 - Heraklion, Crete, Greece

The DNA sequence from the Cretan sample falls clearly within the mammoth clade. Thus, the name Mammuthus creticus rather than Elephas creticus, seems to be justified for this form. Our findings also suggest a need to re-evaluate the evolutionary history of the Sicilian/Maltese species, traditionally included in the genus Elephas.



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2009-09-05-Grevena
Mammoth Grevena tusk in Guinness Book of Records
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Greek mastodon find spectacular
2006-09-22-Heraklion, crete
Ancient DNA forces reconsideration of evolutionary history of Mediterranean pygmy elephantids.