The scientific tourist #275 — Pietro, the Archidiskodon

This week’s image comes to you from the Paleontology section of Museo di Storia Naturale (Natural History Museum) in Florence, Italy — it’s “Pietro,” an Archidiskodon meridionalis (a southern mammoth):

Pietro

Pietro and his kind were one of the largest proboscideans to have lived, and based on his teeth, lived during a time of mild climate — as warm or slightly warmer than what Europe has today.  The southern mammoths were endemic to Europe and central Asia 2.5 to about 1.5 million years ago.

Pietro is somewhat unusual in having been found as a complete skeleton, and was collected by A. Azzaroli in 1953 near S. Giovanni Valdarno, Tuscany, Italy.

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