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A new straight-tusked elephant tooth from Soulac-sur-Mer (Gironde, France). Review of elephant discoveries in the northern Médoc

Abstract : Coastal erosion in the northern Medoc region has uncovered Middle Pleistocene straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) remains in the L’Amélie beach area, south of Soulac-sur-Mer (south-west France). First to be discovered was a mandible published in 1875. Since then, some fragments in 1971, a partial skeleton in 1994, and a mandible as well as an isolated tooth in 2000 have been discovered. Here we present an additional specimen, an upper molar found by Pauline Debruges in 2014. Over the past three years, a tusk of nearly two metres in length and a vertebra have been recovered. These elements allow us to improve our understanding of this fossil species, to clarify the stratigraphic origin of the remains and to discuss the age of the clayey formations in which they were embedded.
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Cédric Beauval, Patrick Michel, Mathieu Bosq, Pascal Bertran, François Lacrampe-Cuyaubère, et al.. A new straight-tusked elephant tooth from Soulac-sur-Mer (Gironde, France). Review of elephant discoveries in the northern Médoc. Quaternaire, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 2019, 10 (1), pp.21-30. ⟨10.4000/quaternaire.11117⟩. ⟨hal-02834221⟩

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