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Ancient mammoth tusk found in Siberia is engraved with fighting camels

An ancient mammoth tusk found in Siberia has images of camels engraved on it

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Ancient engravings etched onto a mammoth tusk discovered in Siberia reveal the oldest known images of camels in Asia.

Images of two-humped camels have been found etched onto a 1.5-metre mammoth tusk discovered in the lower Tom river in western Siberia. The tusk is about 13,000 years old and also has an etching of what researchers call an anthropomorphic image, which may portray a human wearing a camel disguise.

“Stylistic features of the images on the tusk date them to the …