Giant 350,000-year-old animal fossil discovered in Turkey’s Antalya

Several reports disclosed on Monday said, archaeologists have found the bones of a gigantic 350,000-year-old animal during diggings in Turkey’s southern Antalya province at Karain Cave.

According to Harun Taşkıran, he is a professor at Ankara University’s Archaeology Department and also leads the evacuations at the site. He said The result marks the first time, researchers find pieces of humans who lived during the Paleolithic and Neolithic and Paleolith periods.

Harun Taşkıran said, “We discovered the rib bones, teeth and skeleton bones of big mammals, adding that they also found a giant animal’s hip bone, jaw, and teeth.

The professor and the leader noted that the 50-centimeter hip bone records back 350,000 years.

Taşkıran said, “As in the other cave excavations, the excavated soil is brought to the exploration house with buckets to be washed, and then it passes through three different sieving methods. Every finding, even the tiniest [remnants], provides us with access to new information about the past.”

Harun Taşkıran marked the importance of Karain Cave pits in uncovering the history Anatolia and of Antalya.

“Thanks to the excavations at Karain Cave, we have dated the history of Antalya to 500,000 years before. There are 500,000-year-old remnants here. Neanderthal bones of early humans have been unearthed in that cave. For this reason, this grotto is significant for Turkey.”

The Karain Cave lies 450 meters high the sea level; It is located about 27 kilometers northwest of Turkey’s Antalya Province.   It contains three main chambers, halls and passageways.

In 1946, the First excavations at the cave were launched. A wide range of artifacts is found at the site is present at the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.

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