BBC HomeExplore the BBC
This page has been archived and is no longer updated. Find out more about page archiving.

24 September 2014
BBC NorfolkBBC Norfolk

BBC Homepage
England
» Norfolk
Kids 

Contact Us

Graphic: You are in Norfolk > KidsGo to Norfolk homepageGo to kids index

01 April 2004 1405 BST
Graphic: A-Z Norfolk Science, M: Mammoth

A giant elephant tusk is lifted from the cliffs

The biggest, oldest and most complete fossil elephant skeleton ever found in Britain was discovered in Norfolk in 1990.


Graphic: Internet links
West Runton Elephant Project
Norfolk Museums Service

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external websites

Grahpic: Check this out
Albert Einstein
Broads
Conservation
DNA
Eco-power
Five alive
Global warming
Hovercraft
Inspire science
Jurassic period
Kid's laboratory
Lift off
Mammoth find
Natterers bat
Otters
Physician
Quiz time
Robots
Space
That's genius
Underground
Venus
Weird weather
X-cavation
autogYro
Zoo
Graphic: Print this page
print friendly version of this page.View print friendly version of this page

Cliff erosion at West Runton near Cromer had revealed a pelvis bone and a year later, more bones were found.

Watch the video of the giant elephant tusk lifted from cliffs

Use the BBC Webwise guide to downloading realplayer

It took two years to dig out just a quarter of the whole elephant.

The rest was still buried beneath 20 metres of cliff, and a full excavation eventually took place in 1995.

The giant elephant was an early type of mammoth - Mammuthus Trogontherii.

It lived more than 600,000 years ago, stood about four metres at the shoulder, and at 10 tonnes would have been nearly twice the weight of a modern African elephant.

Picture: artist's impression.
Artist's impression of elephant, courtesy of the Norfolk Museums Service

The elephant is a very important find as it is the best example of its species in the world - it is very rare for scientists to find a fossil which is almost complete.

It is also the biggest elephant skeleton found in Britain.

The elephant skeleton is now in the hands of the Norfolk Museum and Archaeology Service. A team of up to 12 experts are doing research on the fossil, to try and recreate the conditions in which the animal lived.

You will be able to see an exhibition about this extraordinary find at Cromer Museum in autumn 2004.

Recommended reading
By Sheila McKeown, a librarian at the Millennium Library in Norwich.

Prehistoric Animals, by Michael Bright. Aladdin/Watts 2001. ISBN 0749644109.

Woolly Mammoth: Gone Forever! by Rupert Matthews. Heinemann 2003, ISBN 043116603x.

You can get hold of these books through your local library.

 

Read more: CBBC Newsround: Scientists discover dinosaur sick! »

More A-Z: Go to N »


jump to homepage.
jump to kids index.
send an e-mail to the BBC website for Norfolk.
jump to top of page.
Graphic: More Norfolk kids

Picture: Lydia: link.

Book review: The Inventors

Jake pops back home

Gardening with grandpa Gipp

Graphic: Not to be missed

Norfolk has loads of cool stuff for kids to do. Check out what's on offer and enjoy these features.
Graphic: Stuff to do and make

Looking for stuff to do at home or with your mates? Try these makes and science experiments.
Graphic: Live webchat with Chris Rankin: link

Weasley webchat: What did you ask actor Chris Rankin?
Graphic: A-Z of Norfolk Science: link

Amazing scientific facts and features where you live




About the BBC | Help | Terms of Use | Privacy & Cookies Policy