Archaeologists Unearth A Hairy Fossil

PARIS (November 7, 2012)--Archaeologists in France have a nearly complete skeleton of a mammoth that roamed the earth between 200,000 and 50,000 years ago.

The skeleton was discovered by accident during the excavation of an ancient Roman site 30 miles east of Paris.

It may be only the third set of remains of a long-haired woolly mammoth discovered in France in the last 150 years.

Such discoveries are more common in Siberia.

Archaeologists will try to establish the circumstances of the long tusked specimen's death, whether it drowned in the River Marne or was hunted by Neanderthals.

It was a French scientist, Georges Cuvier, who first identified the woolly mammoth in 1796.


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