Straight-tusked elephant

Elephas (Palaeoloxodon) antiquus
Reconstructive drawing (T. D’Este)

Elephas (Palaeoloxodon) antiques

He was an impressive Trunk-Nosed animal, high over 4 meters to the shoulder. It had great straight tusks, which in the old males could reach 4m (twice as many of the current elephants), long legs and a skull with a protruding forehead.

It crossed in herd large territories with meadows or forests of spots to find ever new nourishment.

Tusks and teeth, more resistant than other bones, make up most of the remains found in the deposit.

The Straight-tusked elephant appeared in Italy about 800,000 years ago and extinguished during the last glaciation, about 40,000 years ago.

Masterpieces of the hall

The hall

Sala Espositiva

Inside the showcases located in the exhibition room, some of the more than 2000 fossil remains, found during excavation and representing the identified species, were placed.

Fossil remains of Zelkova crenata, Tree of Judah and Laurel was discovered in the deposit. Fossil remains of Zelkova leaves are exposed.