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Fossils of prehistoric elephant, leaf found in Blora

  • Suherdjoko

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, April 23 2009   /  02:01 pm

A fossil team from the Bandung Geological Museum and the Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry's Center for Geological Surveys has found the complete fossils of a prehistoric elephant and a prehistoric leaf in Blora, Central Java, a local official said Wednesday. Blora Tourism and Culture Agency cultural division head Suntoyo said the findings were made in February at a former sand quarry in Sunggun village, Medalem subdistrict, Kradenan district. "It's some 2 kilometers from the site where the fossil of a prehistoric elephant tusk was found in early January," he said. The elephant fossil, of the species Elephas hysundrindicus, was found buried in 4 meters of dirt. It measured an estimated 2.5 meters tall, with back leg bones of 1.7 meters long. "There have indeed been numerous findings of prehistoric animal fossils in Blora," Suntoyo said. "We know it at least f...