Fossils of ancient elephants found

Filed on March 29, 2006

ABU DHABI An important new site for fossil bones of ancient elephants has been discovered near Bida AI Mutawa, in Abu Dhabi's western region, by a team from the Abu Dhabi Islands Archaeological Survey (ADIAS).

Their work has been supported by Takreer, the Abu Dhabi Refining Company, a part of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company, ADNOC, Group. The bones date back to the late Miocene period, around 6 to 8 million years ago.

The fossil site was first discovered by Hamed Majid Al Mansouri and other personnel from Abu Dhabi's Animal Welfare Unit, and were reported to the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed AI Nahyan, last year.

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