Archaeological Dig Uncovers Mammoth, Tools in West Flanders

Archaeological Dig Uncovers Mammoth, Tools in West Flanders

Roeselare : Belgium | May 09, 2011 at 5:08 AM PDT
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Belgian nature (west-flanders)

An archaeological dig in West Flanders, Belgium has uncovered the remains of a mammoth, a wild horse, and a wisent, along with some manmade tools.

A wisent is a European wood bison and the heaviest surviving land animal in Europe today.

The find is estimated to be about 12,000 years old. Archaeologist Jozef Goderis explained the importance of these remains: "The find shows that there was human habitation at this date. We are now trying to reconstruct the landscape and discover which animals lived here all those years ago."

Little is known about the West Flanders region at that time. The remains were dug up in Roeselare near a clay quarry.

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A modern-day wisent
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