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Biggest mammoth tusks in Guinness World Records

02 September 2009 / 09:09:17  GRReporter
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The longest tusks were found in the north Greek city Grevena during diggings and they will be included in the Guinness World Records. The mammoth, owner of the tusks is about 3 million years old and the finding was discovered by Prof. Evandelia Tsoukala from the Thessaloniki University "Aristotelio."

The Guinness award will be given on September 5 at 01:00PM in the Nature Museum in Milya municipality, where the tusks are being displayed. It is expected that in the future a Paleontology Center will be created, shares Prof. Tsoukala, where the findings from this distant era will be displayed, so that they can tickle the interest of all people, who would want to learn something more about life before the "ice age".

A systematic research had started since 1990 in the same region the tusks were found by the Geology department of the Thessaloniki University. After finding the skeleton of an elephant, which lived about 200 000 years ago, Prof. Evangelia Tsoukala decided to continue the diggings 15km northeast of Grevena, in the Milya region.

The first huge tusks were found in 1997 and are 3,5 meters long and weigh 6 tons. They were displayed in the Nature Museum in Milya and until now they have attracted more than 8 000 visitors. In 2007, in the underground mine of the Pashayani brother in Milya, another set of tusks were found and this time they were 5,02 meters long! The tusks belong to a mammoth, which was an ancestor of the elephant and which lived about 2,5-3 million years ago in the region of today's Grevena.

Dutch scientists managed to make a full recreation of the mammoth ("mammut borsoni"), which had the largest tusks in the world! They will display their work in a congress, which will take place on Sunday in Grevena, during the award ceremony. After those findings, which will provide a new research material for this distant era, the Greek city Grevena attracted the interest of paleontologists from around the world.


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