Mastodon skull discovered in Chile

May 18, 2011
A visitor reads about the aastodon skeleton at the National History Museum of Los Angeles County, in 2010. A perfectly preserved skull of a mastodon -- a relative of today's elephant -- was found here during excavation work at a water treatment plant, one of the scientists involved in the discovery said Tuesday.

A perfectly preserved skull of a mastodon -- a relative of today's elephant -- was found here during excavation work at a water treatment plant, one of the scientists involved in the discovery said Tuesday.

"This is the remains of a gomphothere (mastodon) skull in optimal condition," paleontologist Rafael Labarca told AFP about the discovery of the animal, which had two to four tusks and died out 10,000 years ago.

The remains were discovered on February 15 during work to expand a water treatment plant in Santiago by the French firm Suez and Aguas Chilean Andes.

A shoulder blade and lower jaw were discovered in 2008 in southern Chile, but this is the first time Chilean have discovered a complete skull, Labarca said.

The research, funded by France's Suez and conducted under the supervision of the National , expects to have information by the end of the year on the lifestyle and migratory movements of the animal.

Explore further: New species of dinosaur discovered lying forgotten in a museum

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Mastodon Tusk May Be Largest Ever Uncovered In NYS

Oct 23, 2009

(PhysOrg.com) -- Research under way at the New York State Museum indicates that a huge mastodon tusk, recently excavated by Museum scientists in Orange County, may be the largest tusk ever found in New York State.

Recommended for you

Woolly mammoth skeleton sold at UK auction

16 hours ago

The skeleton of an Ice Age woolly mammoth fetched £189,000 ($300,000, 239.000 euros) at auction Wednesday as it went under the hammer in Britain with a host of other rare or extinct species.

Recreating clothes from the Iron Age

Nov 26, 2014

A few years ago, the oldest known piece of clothing ever discovered in Norway, a tunic dating from the Iron Age, was found on a glacier in Breheimen. Now about to be reconstructed using Iron Age textile techniques, ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.