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Thursday, February 23, 2012

Elephant footprints found in UAE desert -Gulf news

Elephant footprints found in UAE desert
Study shows marks are seven million years old.

Abu Dhabi A recent study, published in the World Journal for Biological Research yesterday, has pointed out the presence of seven million-year-old elephant footprints in the Arabian desert.

The study's findings represents the oldest known proof regarding the way the ancestors of modern elephants interacted with the environment.
The study — prepared by a team of scientists from the UAE, the US, France, and Germany — revealed that an area named Mlesa-1 in the Western Region of Abu Dhabi had long lanes of footprints of elephant herds which included no less than 13 elephants at a time.
The study also found that the herds walked on mud, leaving behind footprints which got buried as a result of erosion and corrosion.
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Analysis of the size of the footprints also indicated the existence of elephants, in a variety of sizes, reaffirming the social structure of these animals in pre-historic times.
Archeological scientists from all around the world said in the joint study published in the bi-monthly journal that the Mlesa-1 fossil passage in Baynouna is one of the biggest known passages in the world, covering an area of five hectares.
Longest passage:
This isolated passage is also considered the longest connected passage discovered until now.
The research also says that the passage is unique in the world and is a rare opportunity to see the behaviour of animals in a way that cannot be revealed through their bones or teeth.
The location is protected by a fence and is under the responsibility of Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority's Historical Environment Department.

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