Mammoth remains found in Nafud Desert

Some of the newly discovered samples are more than 500,000 years old. (Courtesy: SGS)
Updated 21 November 2017
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Mammoth remains found in Nafud Desert

JEDDAH: The Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) discovered the remnants of tusks, ribs, and forearms of a small mammoth in the Nafud Desert, east of the town of Tayma, noting that the discovered parts represent 84 percent of the mammoth.

The official spokesman of the SGS, Tareq Aba Al-Kheil, said that this exploratory field study started in late 2014, and it has discovered 303 samples, including many mammals, stressing that the department of fossils at the SGS will continue its exploratory work. Some of the newly discovered samples, he said, are more than 500,000 years old.

Dr. Iad Zalmut, expert at the department of fossils, said that the SGS received Professor Daniel Fisher, who, according to Ein Al-Youm website, gave a lecture about using the tusks of elephants and mammoths to understand the life of elephants from birth to death, as well as their behavior. This method, he said, involves a precise anatomy of the tusk.


Arab coalition continues to aid those affected by cyclone Luban in Yemen's Al-Mahra province

Updated 14 min 43 sec ago
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Arab coalition continues to aid those affected by cyclone Luban in Yemen's Al-Mahra province

RIYADH: Arab Coalition spokesperson said they have made great efforts to help the people of Al-Mahra province in Yemen in the aftermath of tropical cyclone Luban.
Col. Turki Al-Maliki said they have allocated 10 helicopters and are continuing land and air relief efforts to assist the people of Al-Mahra.
He added that 60 members of Saudi Arabia’s Civil Defense forces have been dispatched to help mitigate the impact of cyclone Luban.
“The Yemeni National Army continues to liberate sites under militia control,” he said, adding that the “coalition’s efforts are continuous at all levels to support the Yemeni people.”
He point out that there are 22 fully operational relief ports in Yemen, calling on the Yemeni people to communicate with the coalition to facilitate the delivery of aid.
Col. Al-Maliki also said militia elements are using mosques as weapons depots.