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Spinagallo cave

Spinagallo cave

Spinagallo cave

Grotta di Spinagallo
Grotta di Spinagallo
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Here they found shelter for numerous mammals of the distant past, including Elephasfalconeri (from 500,000 years ago) a pocket sized elephant about one meter in size (that is exhibited at the Orsi museum in Siracusa) an a species of giant dormouse, Leithia melitensis.

 

 

 

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In the past, the bones of elephants were attributed to the so-called “Cyclops” (the mythological creature that had only one eye) due to a hole on the upper part of the skull which endorsed the legend that spoke of giants like Lotus Eaters, Leastrigoni and Cyclops.

But after extensive research, it was discovered that the bones were part of the skeleton of a dwarf elephant, in fact. Thank goodness!

 

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