Mysterious bones turn up in central Jakarta

Fossilised bone fragments belonging to an unknown animal have been discovered in a village near Jakarta while a villager was digging a fish pond.

Experts to examine bones of mysterious animal
Jakarta Post, 01 December 2008

Residents hope fossils give area exposure
Jakarta Post, 01 December 2008

The police and the Muara Gembong subdistrict office are still trying to coordinate with the archeological department to investigate the remains.

Until now they only know that the largest of the bones is 42 centimeters long, and they think that the animal was somewhere between six and six-and-a-half meters long.

Speculations outside Muara Gembong have arisen regarding the kind of animal the bones belong to. Some speculate that it was a dinosaur, some say a prehistoric gigantic man, others think it was a giant crocodile.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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