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Elefantenreich: Eine Fossilwelt in Europa [Elephant Kingdom: A Fossil World in Europe]

By: Harald Meller(Editor)
652 pages, colour photos, colour & b/w illustrations
Elefantenreich: Eine Fossilwelt in Europa [Elephant Kingdom: A Fossil World in Europe]
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Language: German with extensive summaries in English

The treasure that archaeologists have been saving for many years in the lignite mines of Neumark-Nord in the Geisel Valley, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, is around 200,000 years old. The site is one of the most important sources of information for Palaeolithic climate and natural history of Europe. In the ancient sediments they have found the relics of an entire lake habitat from when a heating phase during the Ice Age brought about an almost southern ecosystem. The extremely well-preserved remains of exotic animals and plant species illustrate the variety and strangeness of this bygone prehistoric world.

In the center of this dig are the remains of gigantic prehistoric Eurasian elephants who died in and around the lake. They are among the largest representatives of the Proboscidea that ever lived on Earth. Moreover, traces of the presence and behaviour of primitive man, betraying a developing intelligence, are detectable in this excellent hunting ground.
 
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Rund 200.000 Jahre alt ist der Schatz, den Archäologen während vieler Jahre in der Braunkohlegrube Neumark-Nord im Geiseltal gerettet haben. Die Fundstelle ist eine der bedeutendsten Informationsquellen zur altsteinzeitlichen Klima- und Naturgeschichte Europas. In den fossilen Sedimenten blieben die Relikte eines ganzen Seebiotops erhalten, dass in einer Wärmephase des Eiszeitalters ein geradezu südländisches Ökosystem hervorbrachte. Die extrem gut erhaltenen Reste von exotischen Tieren und Pflanzenarten illustrieren die Vielfalt und Fremdartigkeit einer längst vergangenen Urwelt.

Im Zentrum der Darstellung stehen die Überreste gigantischer Eurasischer Altelefanten, die im und am See starben. Die Vertreter dieser Elefantenart gehören zu den größten Rüsseltieren, die jemals auf der Erde lebten. Überdies sind die Anwesenheit und das intelligente Handeln des Urmenschen in jenem exzellenten Jagdrevier nachweisbar.

Contents

Teil 1: Die Fundstelle von Neumark-Nord. Einführung, Geologie, Datierung / The site of Neumark-Nord. Introduction, geology, dating
Teil 2: Die Umwelt von Neumark-Nord / The environment of Neumark-Nord
Teil 3: Die Waldelefanten von Neumark-Nord / The straight-tusked elephants of Neumark-Nord
Teil 4: Die Begleitfauna von Neumark-Nord / The accompanying fauna of Neumark-Nord
Teil 5: Der prähistorische Mensch von Neumark-Nord / The prehistoric human of Neumark-Nord
Teil 6: Das Aussterben der Megafauna / The extinction oft he megafauna
Teil 7: Die Evolutionstafel der Elefanten / The evolutionary diagramm oft he elephants

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