Skip to comments.Giant Prehistoric Elephant Slaughtered by Early Humans
Posted on 09/27/2013 6:10:14 PM PDT by SunkenCiv
Dr Francis Wenban-Smith discovered a site containing remains of an extinct straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) in 2003, in an area of land at Ebbsfleet in Kent, during the construction of the High Speed 1 rail link from the Channel Tunnel to London...
Excavation revealed a deep sequence of deposits containing the elephant remains, along with numerous flint tools and a range of other species such as; wild aurochs, extinct forms of rhinoceros and lion, Barbary macaque, beaver, rabbit, various forms of vole and shrew, and a diverse assemblage of snails. These remains confirm that the deposits date to a warm period of climate around 420,000 years ago, the so-called Hoxnian interglacial, when the climate was probably slightly warmer than the present day.
Since the excavation, which took place in 2004, Francis has been carrying out a detailed analysis of evidence recovered from the site, including 80 undisturbed flint artefacts found scattered around the elephant carcass and used to butcher it. The pre-historic elephant was twice the size of today's African variety and up to four times the weight of family car...
An ability to hunt large mammals, and in particular elephants, as suggested by the Ebbsfleet find, would go some way to explaining how these people then managed to push northwards again into what is now Britain. The flint artefacts of these pioneer settlers are of a characteristic type known as Clactonian, mostly comprising simple razor-sharp flakes that would have been ideal for cutting meat, sometimes with notches on them that would have helped cut through the tougher animal hide.
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LOL, spell checker got away from me on that one.
I didn’t know they had found them in England before.
I knew they had to be white europeans without even clicking on the article.
the noble savage wouldn’t do such things!
They'd better hope there's something to this globull warming.
Britain has been invaded as much if not more than any place worth living in on the face of the E, but the level of denial about that, usually referencing the natural alleged barrier of the surrounding seas, has been very great. The last successful invasion (not counting the Muzzie one, that hasn’t come to full fruit yet) was William and Mary’s “Glorious Revolution” which led to the overthrow of her brother James II, but the Irish “Book of Invasions” details various periods of recolonization after periods of wasteland, probably not entirely historical in character, and/or drawing on a prehistoric oral tradition dressed up with new names for the cast of characters and the groups to which they belonged.
That’s the one! :’) Thanks FN!
That’s pretty great as well.
Gosh, I wonder how these tracks managed to not blow away in, or get covered by, the winds, before they were fossilized. ;’)
Lots of people overlook that aspect of the Glorious Revolution. Sure, Parliament offered William the crown, but it was his Dutch army that secured it.
Oh, and then William went and invaded Ireland. :-))
Ah yes, now I remember those after school specials. Food you ever see the psychological study they showed about seven people being stranded on a small island together?
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