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Early humans were able to hunt and kill prehistoric elephants

An archaeologist from the University of Southampton, who discovered remains of a prehistoric elephant in Kent, has discovered that early humans hunted and slaughtered the creatures.

Dr Francis Wenban-Smith, along with Oxford Archaeology, excavated the site where the remains were found.

As well as the remains, flint tools were also found.

Dr Weban-Smith said, "Although there is no direct evidence of how this particular animal met its end, the discovery of flint tools close to the carcass confirm butchery for its meat, probably for at least four individuals."

The pre-historic elephant was twice the size of today's African variety and up to four times the weight of a family car.

Francis continued, "Although it seemed incredible that they would have killed such an animal, it must have been possible with wooden spears."

Neolithic discovery uncovered

Over three hundred prehistoric clay figurines have been discovered by archaeologists from the University of Southampton.

They were found at a dig site in Greece. It is one of the biggest Neolithic discoveries of its kind in south-eastern Europe.

Archaeologists from the University have already made discoveries elsewhere.

They worked at Portus, an ancient port in Italy, where they discovered a large building used for ship building. That work was carried out alongside the British School of Rome.

Archaeologists from Southampton have made discoveries elsewhere too Credit: Chris Uson/PA Wire

Measuring around 150 metres by 60 metres it would have had at least eight bays, 12 meters tall, used for the building and repair of ships in the early second century. It is the only building of its kind discovered anywhere in the world.

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