A group of fishermen who got together on social media to find the best places to find a big catch have reportedly stumbled on the remains of two nine-million-year-old woolly mammoths.
The prehistoric remains were spotted by the men after they started emerging to the elements on a rocky beach in the district of Ezine in the city of Canakkale located in the north-western Turkish province of the same name.
As they discussed the best fixing tips and places to make a big catch, the men shed images of the puzzling items and wondered as to what they might be.
They then decided to share them with the local museum who passed them on to university bodies where they were quickly identified as fossils.
Geology lecturer Dr. Sevinc Kapan of the Canakkale Onsekiz Mart University (COMU), visited the area with the fishermen after establishing contact and launched a large-scale study, according to the news source IHA.
Dr Kapan said: “Multiple fossils have been found. One of them is from an adult mammoth that was between 30 and 40 years of age, as far as we can tell from its tooth roots.
“We think the other mammoth was an infant because its teeth had not started to grow.”
One of the most impressive is a huge rear molar of one of the mammoths and the team are hoping that they will also find the tasks as the work continues.
Dr Kapan added “The fossils date back nine million years, according to our estimates. We don’t know their cause of death yet.”
The study continues.
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