A stegodon skeleton on display at the Gansu Provincial Museum in Gansu, China. Scientists claim that the oldest fossils of this prehistoric elephant found in the region may date back 11 million years, easily beating the 7-million-year-old fossils discovered in Kenya. Photo: Wikipedia

Prehistoric elephant fossils in China point to Gobi Desert, not Africa, as birthplace of earth’s biggest land animals

Dating analysis of stegodon remains in western China suggests the Gobi was once a lush garden with a hospitable climate completely different from that of today

Topic |   China science

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A stegodon skeleton on display at the Gansu Provincial Museum in Gansu, China. Scientists claim that the oldest fossils of this prehistoric elephant found in the region may date back 11 million years, easily beating the 7-million-year-old fossils discovered in Kenya. Photo: Wikipedia
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