Divers and paleontologists say they’ve discovered an incredible graveyard tucked away in an underwater cave in Madagascar, and the bones found belong to a number of different extinct animals.
Reports say that hundreds of bones belonging to a variety of extinct creatures were found along the bottom of Aven Cave in Tsimanampetsotse National Park in Madagascar. Experts say that some of the animal remains found belong to species like the extinct elephant bird and the giant lemur.
“We have a real cross-section,” Brooklyn College anthropologist Alfred Rosenberger said. “Tiny things and big things.”
While other remains belonging to turtles, crocodiles and other exotic species were also found, the giant lemur findings are most exciting to scientists, seeing as how the species went extinct sometime between 2,000 and 500 years ago. Reports say that these giant lemurs sometimes grew as big as gorillas.
“The preservation is really incredible,” Rosenberger said of the bones, many of which were found unbroken.
Scientists are currently trying to figure out how all of these remains found their way inside the Aven Cave.