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Ancient walrus bone discovered in south Iceland

A bone which came from the penis of a walrus (Os penis) and is believed to be 10,000 to 12,000 years old, was discovered in a gravel mine by Lambafell in Ölfuss in south Iceland a few weeks ago.

Sigurdur Sigurdsson, a veterinarian, handed the bone over to the Museum in Thorlákshöfn at a special ceremony last weekend, RÚV reports.

The bone was found at an altitude of 285 meters above sea level. Sigurdsson said it is unprecedented that a bone from a sea animal is discovered at such a high altitude.

Barbara Gudnadóttir, the cultural representative of Ölfuss, told RÚV that she considered the bone an extraordinary object and said she was pleased it would be displayed at the Museum in Thorlákshöfn.

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