The Lower Miocene Libyan Giraffe (Zarafa zelteni Hamilton, 1973) Fossils from Gaza City, State of Palestine

Lower Miocene Libyan Giraffe (Zarafa zelteni = Canthumeryx sirtensis) fossils were known from Al-Hula Lake, North of Palestine, discovered while drying the lake; and from Tel Rakhma (Yeruham) in the Northern Al-Naqab (Negev) Desert, South of Palestine. Recently, In November 2017, an upper jaw fossil measuring 25.5 cm, and a vertebra fossil measuring 12.5 cm, both belonging to the 17.8 million years old primitive Libyan Giraffe (Zarafa zelteni Hamilton, 1973) were discovered in Gaza City, South-west Palestine. The fossils originate from a muddy soil area from the Gaza Strip. Both relatively big fossil objects were found amongst hundreds of smaller fossil objects and broken pieces, covered with mud, during planting work done by Gaza City Municipality, on the central island of Jameat Al-Duwal Al-Arabiyah (Arab League) Street in Gaza City, in November 2017.

Publish DateOctober 12, 2021
Last UpdatedOctober 12, 2021