Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Rare Mammoth Skull Found

Meanwhile in non-Palin news...

A very rare fossilized skull from a Steppe mammoth has been unearthed in the Auvergne region of southern France. The Steppe mammoth is the common ancestor of both the Woolly mammoth and the Colombian mammoth, the types known in North America. Steppe mammoth fossils are much less common that the later mammoths and complete skulls are practically unknown. The exact relationship of the various mammoths is disputed and a better understanding of the Steppe mammoth could clear up a lot of questions about the evolution and spread of the mammoths.

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