September 24, 2018 15:26
News ID: 2913

(Persia Digest) – Two pieces of fossils belonging to the elephantidae family dating back to 20 million years ago have been discovered during the Mianeh-Ardabil railway line works, in Kowsar town.

The discovered fossils are two elephant tusks measuring one meter each and are believed to belong to the mastodons. Initial studies show these are from the Miocene epoch and are nearly 20 million years old.


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Other fossils have been discovered here over the past two years, including teeth, jaws, and feet, belonging to giraffids, equidae, bovidae, and elephantidae.

Ardabil Province is in northwestern Iran, and Kowsar town in 80kms southwest of Ardabil.

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