The discovery and ’excavation’ from fluviatile sediments of an almost entire skeleton of Elephas (Palaeoloxodon) antiquus, the straight-tusked elephant, is reported. It was found in 1984, several meters below the water surface in a gravel pit near Crumstadt in the northern Oberrheinebene, south-west of Darmstadt. The skeleton comes from sediments of the last interglaciation, which in the same area produced Hippopotamus and Bubalus.


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Wighart von Koenigswald. (1986). Ein skelett vom Waldelefanten aus den jungpleistozänen rheinschottern von Crumstadt bei Darmstadt. A skeleton of the straight-tusked elephant from upper Pleistocene gravels of the Rhine from Crumstadt near Darmstadt (West-Germany). Cranium, 3(1), 8–13.