Straight-tusked elephant

Description
A part of a fossilised pelvis from a straight-tusked elephant that was discovered during the construction of the 1968 Honiton Bypass and donated to RAMM by the Ministry of Transport. Surprisingly, the straight-tusked elephant’s tusks did curve upwards slightly. They became extinct in Britain at the beginning of the last glacial event approximately 110,000 years ago, however survived up to 3,000 years ago in places such as Japan and isolated Mediterranean islands.
Accession Loan No.
302/1968/136
Collection Class
Fossils
Common Name
straight-tusked elephant
Simple Name
fossil: elephant
Full Name
Elephas (Paleoloxodon) antiquus (Falconer & Cautley): straight-tusked elephant
Geology Period
Pleistocene 1.8 – 10,000
Family Group

Collection Town
Honiton
Collection County
Devon
Collection Country
United Kingdom: England
Collection Area Region
Northern Europe
Collection Continent
Europe
Phylum
CHORDATA: VERTEBRATA
Family
ELEPHANTIDAE
Genus
Elephas Palaeoloxodon
Species
antiquus

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