Elephant tooth fossil found in Brazil: report

Jul 20, 2010

Scientists in Brazil say a fossil of an elephant's tooth found in the Amazon jungle proves the presence of pachyderms in South America some 45,000 years ago, a report said on Tuesday.

"Only elephants and capybaras (large rodents) have teeth with this kind of laminate structure, but those of capybaras are no longer than five centimeters (two inches)," while the fossil measured 12 centimeters, said Mario Cozzuol in the daily Folha de Sao Paulo.

Previous evidence showed that had reached Costa Rica, in Central America, but no further south, said the expert from the Federal University of Minas Gerais.

The was discovered at the start of the 1990s by a precious metals researcher, but a university student only noticed its laminate structure years later.

Explore further: Dinosaur no more: UK museum's Dippy to be retired in 2017

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

New hoofed mammal fossil found

Aug 09, 2006

A U.S. paleontologist has discovered the fossils of a new hoofed South American mammal that resembled a cross between a dog and a hare.

Oldest sea turtle fossil unveiled in Mexico

Mar 06, 2009

Paleontologists on Thursday unveiled the oldest fossil remains of a sea turtle that lived 72 million years ago in northern Mexico, the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said.

Recommended for you

Long-necked 'dragon' discovered in China

Jan 28, 2015

University of Alberta paleontologists including PhD student Tetsuto Miyashita, former MSc student Lida Xing and professor Philip Currie have discovered a new species of a long-necked dinosaur from a skeleton ...

The largest known muntiacine found in China

Jan 28, 2015

Dr. HOU Sukuan from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences reported a new species of muntiacine Euprox in the journal of Zootaxa 3911 (1) recent ...

User comments : 1

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

jsa09
not rated yet Jul 20, 2010
Interesting discovery. It may yet be discovered that the fossil was traded hand to hand by the Incas etc as some kind of curiosity before being dropped in the jungle and then later found again.

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.