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Persico’s father, Prof. Davide Persico actually is a paleontologist at the University of Parma. “It shows she has learned the first tricks of the trade,” he told Corriere della Sera.
Per the BBC:
Mammoths last roamed the region at least 12,000 years ago and finding a bone there is rare, the paper notes, making it a dream find for the youngster. Another Italian paper declared she was “better than Indiana Jones”.
Mr Persico used photos from a natural history museum in the Netherlands to confirm the identification – joking that if he wasn’t certain then he’d better find a new job – and says it’s a tibia from a young woolly mammoth. The bone is now in a local museum, and will be put on display alongside a plaque with Emma’s name on it.
[image via Wikicommons]
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