Elephant

An excavation for building sand at Dewlish, between Dorchester and Blandford, uncovered a narrow fissure containing the bones of an elephant. The Dewlish elephant tusk is the most spectacular specimen recovered and is mounted on a massive wood and plaster block which is almost too large to move.

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Common name

Elephant

Scientific name

Elephas

Type

Vertebrates > Mammals


Strata

Pleistocene

Time period

Quaternary

Age

1 million years

Where found

Dewlish

Found by

Unknown

Museum

Dorset County Museum, Dorchester

Accession number

DCM.G.00436a