A seven-year-old Italian girl has found part of a woolly mammoth’s leg bone on a riverbank in northern Italy.
Emma Persico stumbled upon the fossilised chunk of tibia while walking along the River Po near the northern city of Cremona.
Only a blackened tip was sticking out of a sandbank, and even her paleontologist father hadn’t noticed it.
Mammoths last roamed the region at least 12,000 years ago and finding a bone there is rare, making it a dream find for the youngster.
Mr Persico used photos from a natural history museum in the Netherlands to confirm the identification – joking that if he wasn’t certain then he’d better find a new job.
The bone is now in a local museum, and will be put on display alongside a plaque with Emma’s name on it.