Following the traces of ancient elephants in Milia, Grevena
This is where the bear still wanders from Valia Kalnta up to the outskirts of the villages. This is the place where 3.000.000 years ago, prehistoric rhinoceros and elephants with tusks lived, leaving their traces in the Natural History Museum in Milla, Grevena.
The prefecture of Grevena has a rich history to show, much older than anyone can imagine. Its soils contain the oldest rocks of Greece, almost one billion years old, and it is the place where Europe was born.That is why the Grevena – Kozani Geopark has recently joined the global network of UNESCO geoparks.
Million years later, about 3 million years ago, the ancestors of elephants, mammals, rhinos and other large animals lived in this region. The fossils of these animals were found in excavations that began in 1990 and continued for many years. At the Museum of Natural History in Milia, visitors have the opportunity to see up close rare and unusual paleontological findings but also to learn about animals that lived in this place millions of years ago.
The most important exhibit is the the longest tusk ever recorded, 5.02 m long, from a 3 million year old mastodont, excavated in 2007 by the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, in the area of Milia. This tusk has been registered and awarded by the Guinness Book of Records.