A horn fragment of a buffalo, or perhaps some other kind of unknown prehistoric animal that died 18,000 years ago, has been unearthed in Russia's south Siberia republic of Gorny Altai.
The fragment was discovered several days ago in a sand and gravel pitt located in the republic's northwestern Maimin district.
Experts believe that the prehistoric animal may have been killed by a massive flood 18,000 years ago, when a large lake in Chui Steppe overflowed its banks. In a report posted to its website, the republic's government said:
“That caused the most massive flood in history, with water moving at a speed of 160 kilometers (99 miles) an hour and covering earth with 490 meters (1,607 feet) of water."
Following a thorough examination, the fragment will be turned over to one of the republic's museums.
The remains of extinct animals have been found before in Altai. In late 2012, mammoth tusks were found near the village of Maima at a depth of over 32 feet. Mammoths died out about 10,000 years ago during the most recent ice age.