A team of Pakistani researchers claims to have unearthed the tusk of a 1.1 million-year-old stegodon – a distant cousin of the modern elephant – in the central province of Punjab. The finding could shed light on the mammal’s evolution
Stegodons lived on our planet until the late Pleistocene period that lasted until 11,700 years ago
The discovery of the tusk could help scientists find out more about their environment, for instance, their long, straight tusks indicate they were browsers or mixed feeders and lived in a forested environment
Stegodonts were strong swimmers and are thought to have originated in Africa However, they quickly spread to Asia, where most of their remains were found
Some of their remains have been found further afield – a molar fragment was discovered in Greece recently.
Source : Hindustan Times