Tusk discovery

Oxford University

Oxford University

First published in News

A 325,000-year-old elephant tusk has been discovered in Saudi Arabia by archaeologists from Oxford University.

The group, led by Prof Mike Petraglia found the tusk preserved in an ancient lake in the Nefud Desert. It is believed to have belonged to an extinct species of elephant known as the Palaeoloxodon.

Prof Petraglia said: “The discovery of the elephant tusk is significant in demonstrating just how much the climate could have changed in the Arabian Desert.”

Related links

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree