erosion at West Runton near Cromer had revealed a pelvis bone and
a year later, more bones were found.
took two years to dig out just a quarter of the whole elephant.
rest was still buried beneath 20 metres of cliff, and a
full excavation eventually took place in 1995.
giant elephant was an early type of mammoth - Mammuthus Trogontherii.
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.
impression of elephant, courtesy of the Norfolk Museums Service
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.
is also the biggest elephant skeleton found in Britain.
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
will be able to see an exhibition about this extraordinary find
at Cromer Museum in autumn 2004.
By Sheila McKeown, a librarian at the Millennium Library in
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.
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