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News - September 20, 2018

Bovidae fossils found after 7.5 million years

Bovidae fossils.

Scientists have discovered bovidae fossils estimated to be around 7.5 million years old in Turkey’s central Anatolian province of Kayseri.

Bovidae are the biological family of hoofed animals such as buffalos, sheep and goats.

The archaeological excavations started near Cevril neighborhood after a shepherd found a fossil.

Kayseri Mayor Mustafa Celik held a press meeting to announce the new discovery along with Professor Oksan Basoglu of the archaeology department at Gazi University and Professor Cesur Pehlivan, dean of the fine arts faculty at Haci Bektas Veli University.

Celik said upon the call of the shepherd, the municipality alerted scientists to excavate the area.

“Our scientists said these fossils are one-of-a-kind in Turkey as they are in one piece,” said Celik. “They said that these bovidae fossils most probably belong to ancient elephants,” he said.

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