Meet the gomphothere: UA archaeologist involved in discovery of bones of elephant ancestor

July 14, 2014 8:31 PM

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Meet the gomphothere: UA archaeologist involved in discovery of bones of elephant ancestor

An animal once believed to have disappeared from North America before humans ever arrived there might actually have roamed the continent longer than previously thought – and it was likely on the list of prey for some of continent's earliest humans, researchers from the University of Arizona and elsewhere have found.

Archaeologists have discovered artifacts of the prehistoric Clovis culture mingled with the bones of two gomphotheres – an ancient ancestor of the elephant – at an archaeological site in northwestern Mexico.

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