REMAINS OF STEGODON FOUND NEAR SETIF, ALGERIA, PUT ON DISPLAY

ALGIERS, The bones of a Stegodon, an extinct species of the family of elephants, dating back to three million years ago, found recently near Setif, about 270 kilometres south east of here, are being exhibited in Algiers.

The bones, tusks and teeth of the animal were found during archaeological excavations by a team of specialists from various countries in an area called Ain El H’nech. It was a chance discovery made during civil construction works.

The excavations made last July by Mohamed Sahnouni, a researcher at the National Research Centre in Prehistory, Anthropology and History, culminated in the discovery of the remains of a young Stegodon.

The operation involved different specialists such as sedimentologists, geologists and archaeologists, researcher Razika Chelli said.

The researcher stressed the importance of the find in understanding the evolution of this species in North Africa.

The discovery, the first to be made in North Africa, took place in one of the richest prehistoric basins where many fossils had been found.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

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