Let’s first understand that individual archaeological finds,
and sometimes the most unique, commit not professionals – seekers
antiquities, and the most simple people, most often – by chance. Exactly
and happened in this case.
Discovering a huge (about 2 meters long) unknown skull
animal, a French farmer was afraid that his territory
Now farms, scientists, journalists and just onlookers will rush, and
therefore hid him from sin away. This happened back in 2014.
year, and therefore a unique find was kept just four years
(it is not known where and what condition), after which the Frenchman, apparently,
conquered conscience, and he took the mysterious skull to the Museum of Natural
the history of Toulouse, 70 kilometers from which it was located
The museum specialists immediately determined that the skull belongs
Pyrenean mastodon – semi-mythical animal gomfoteriya,
the distant ancestor of the modern elephant, which appeared in the European
parts of the Earth about 15 – 18 million years ago. Why
semi-mythical? The fact is that before this, archaeologists were
only 4 teeth of gomfoteriya were discovered, and even that was 150 years ago,
why, for lack of body remains, he was still considered
semi-mythical (either was or was not).
That’s what says about this amazing archaeological
Finds an employee of the Toulouse Museum, Francis Duranton:
Imagine, for 35 years I have been looking for traces of this mastodon, and my
the teacher, now deceased, has devoted his life to this cause, but
he never managed to prove that gomfoterium is not mythical, but real
an animal, an elephant cousin who lived many millions of years ago. For example,
the age of this skull is at least 10 million, which is why we never
managed to take a DNA sample – too ancient remains.
Finding a complete skom gomfiteriya – not just luck, but real
fantastic, and for the archaeological world – a big sensation. These
huge animals disappeared about 2 million years ago.
True, we have very little reliable information about these mysterious
creatures. It is only known that in addition to the huge tusks, homopethyria
possessed two more canines about 80 centimeters long each
which he apparently dug the earth.
Unfortunately, archaeologists and employees of the Toulouse Museum failed
find on the farmer’s side additional semi-mythical bones
animal, why Francis Duranton believes that his search for the remains
gomfiteriya stop too early …