The President of the Saudi Geological Survey, Dr. Zuhair bin Abdul Hafeez Nawab reported that the Fossils Unit team at the Saudi Geological Survey (SGS) were on a joint field operation with the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, the British University of Oxford, the German Max Planck Institute in addition to researchers from, Australia and Spain.
They found in sediments of ancient lakes in the Nafud desert in the north-west of Saudi Arabia a tusk that belonged to an extinct type of elephants. . It is one of the most important and rare cases. The discovered tusk is 225 cm long. This tusk can lead to information about the geological history, environments and ancient climate in the Arabian Peninsula.
The Saudi Geological Survey had previously discovered the remainders of large extinct mammals in the same area, including giant elephants, horses, oxen, deer, wild cows, hyenas, wild dogs and birds of prey, with more than 80% of a giant extinct elephant at the same location.
The Saudi Geological Survey is a pioneer organization in Saudi Arabia for studying fossils and geological history.