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Enormous Prehistoric Ice Age Vertebrae of a Straight Tusked Elephant

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A fascinating Prehistoric relic, a section of vertebrae from a straight-tusked elephant (Elephas antiquus), a now long extinct species. Dating to the early Pleistocene epoch, approximately 781,000 - 50,000 years before present. These three enormous vertebras are quite staggering in their size and condition. They preserve a small section of spine from one of the planet's largest ever land mammals. These creatures are known to have grown up to 14 feet tall and weighed as much as 15 tonnes. Elephes antiquus was an ancient ancestor of the modern Asian elephant, the species roamed the forests of interglacial Europe, in small herds of around 15 individuals, until their extinction around 100,000 years ago. With its large size and dark honey colored patina, this piece is not only a fascinating object but an incredible display piece. Provenance: Ex. Dunecht House, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. From the home of the Hon. Charles Pearson, son of Viscount Cowdray. Believed to have been in the family for over 100 years. Possibly gifted by the Scottish geologist, botanist, paleontologist, Hugh Falconer.  

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