Extinct anthracothere’s 3.3-million-year-old fossil found in Pakistan

  • 13 Jan - 19 Jan, 2018
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The skull of a creature, belonging to the family of the extinct anthracotheres, has been discovered in Sohawa, Jhelum. The weight of the fossil is 10kgs and it is one foot in length. As per reports, the fossil is believed to be approximately 3.3 million years old.

It was found by Ghayyur Abbas, a research scholar at the Punjab University, along with field guides Chaudhry Abid Hussain and Mehtab Khan.

Sohawa is known to be a hotbed for fossils, with several other discoveries made there in recent years. However, these plant-eating, semi-aquatic mammals known as anthracotheres flourished more than 40 million years and went extinct less than 2.5 million years ago. Hippopotamus is the only descendant left in their family.