February 22, 2012

Ancient Footprints Reveal Elephant Social Life

Robert T. Gonzalez, io9


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One of the largest paleontological finds in history has been discovered in the United Arab Emirates. Researchers working in the country's deserts have uncovered a massive tract of land riddled with the footprints of four-tusked titans called Stegotetrabelodon syrticus — the earliest known members of the elephant family. It's one of the best windows we've got on ancient animals' social behavior.

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TAGGED: Social Animals, Fossils, Elephants

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