Campo del Gallo elephant
Straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) at
Campo del Gallo in Italy

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Campo del Gallo elephant displayed as taxidermy specimen.
Campo del Gallo elephant as taxidermy specimen. This image is inline deepink from an external server, inline linking does not directly infringe copyright but can be removed on request.
Taxidermy locationGiacomo Doria Natural History Museum, Genova, Italy


Museum accession number C.E. no. 3544


Species:Straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus)
Sex and age:, unknown age
Characteristics: complete skeleton
Born:* wild
Birth place: in Europe unspecified location
Death location: Campo del Gallo on the left side of the Fosso Fonte Campanile stream Campo del Gallo, Viterbo, Italy
Death reason: accident: became trapped in mud in a lake and was unable to get back to the bank.
Locations - owners
Present / last location: Campo del Gallo, in Italy

Date of arrival

Campo del Gallo
Record history
History of updates
2021-09-26: Born in Europe
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Latest document update2021-09-26 18:07:09
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† Campo del Gallo elephant is a dead fossil Straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus), , who died at Campo del Gallo, in Italy, . Official death reason described as became trapped in mud in a lake and was unable to get back to the bank..

Taxidermy locationThe Taxidermy remains of this animal is within the Taxidermy collection at Giacomo Doria Natural History Museum, in Genova, Italy, since 1941-00-00.


Campo del Gallo elephant was born wild at Europe unspecified location.

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Described by Trevisan (1948).

The most notable fossils are displayed in the Salone di Paleontologia [Palaeontology Room], which is dominated by the large Skeleton of an ancient Italian elephant (Elephas antiquus italicus) which lived during the Quaternary in the forests of Eurasia and is now extinct. It is probable that the elephant, which was found in 1941 in a deposit of diatomaceous earth in the Viterbo area, became trapped in mud in a lake and was unable to get back to the bank. After its death, the elephant sank to the bottom of the lake and slowly became buried in sediment composed of microscopic diatom skeletons. When this turned into rock, the fossil of this large animal was preserved. In order to prepare the Skeleton for its display in Genoa, the specimen was moved to the Institute of Geology in Pisa, where the bones were sadly damaged by Allied bombing and thus had to undergo further restoration work.

Between 1953 and 1954, the Skeleton was finally installed in its current position, thanks to a financial contribution made by the Amici del Museo Society. In 1996, the specimen underwent meticulous restoration work carried out by the Institute of Geology and Palaeontology at the University of Florence.

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2021). Campo del Gallo elephant, Straight-tusked elephant (Palaeoloxodon antiquus) located at Giacomo Doria Natural History Museum in Italy. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 3 July 2022 at (archived at the Wayback machine)

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