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November 7 2012

Mammoth Skeleton Discovered Near Paris

It turns out Paris has not only been the long-standing destination of choice for lovers, artists and tourists, but also for shaggy pre-historic elephants. French archeologists say they have marked a milestone after diggin up a rare complete skeleton of a mammoth along the Changis-sur-Marne riverbanks near Paris.

Researchers at the National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research (INRAP) told AFP Tuesday that the remains, which date back to some 200,000-500,000 years ago, include a femur, a complete pelvis, jawbones and four connected vertebrae.

They christened the animal “Helmut” and said it was in its 20s at the time of its death, AFP reported.

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