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Mammoth remains found on Warsaw metro

The bones of a pre-historic mammal may have been found during construction of Płock station on an extension to the Warsaw metro. Preliminary information indicates that bones may belong to a mammoth or pre-historic forest elephant. Both species lived in Poland during the Pleistocene period (often called the Ice Age). The animals measured up to 4.5 metres in height and weighed up to seven tons.

“The remains found were extracted and cleaned by us and will be the subject of further research to determine the exact species of this animal, its age and the circumstances of death,” explained Dr Wojciech Brzeziński, Director of the Poland’s National Museum of Archaeology (PMA) in Warsaw.

During the Pleistocene period, the present day Wola district of ​​the Polish capital was a lake.

“It is possible that this mammal entered the frozen lake, and the ice collapsed under its weight, which caused the death of the creature,” added Dr Brzeziński.

The bones are not the only fascinating items to have been found during the construction of the second metro line. Other finds include items related to the everyday life of residents of pre-war Warsaw, as well as the remnants of the old tram network in the area. Several military items have also been found.

Dr Brzeziński and his team from the PMA, have secured the bones of the ancient beast and have stopped further construction work until the remains are fully examined.