Mammoth skeleton found in France
on 07/11/2012 17:17:21
The bones - thought to belong to a creature that roamed the earth between 200,000 and 50,000 years ago - were discovered by accident during the excavation of an ancient Roman site 30 miles east of Paris.
It may be only the third remains of a long-haired woolly mammoth discovered in France in the last 150 years.
Such discoveries are more common in Siberia.
Archaeologists will try to establish the circumstances of the long-tusked specimen's death.
They believe it may have drowned in the River Marne or been hunted by Neanderthal Man.
It was a French scientist, Georges Cuvier, who first identified the woolly mammoth in 1796.