Curiosity of the week: did you know there were elephants in Sicily?

Sep 23, 2021 281

Elephants, the gentle giants of the animal kingdom, are today found only in two places in the world, Africa and South-East Asia. But did you know that, a long time ago during prehistory, there were elephants in Sicily, too?

Yes, these beautiful animals of the elephantidae family used to be quite common around the Mediterranean. The Sicilian dwarf elephant, whose scientific name is elephas falconeri, was one of the main inhabitants of the island before Man took residence, around 11,000 years ago. 

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