Elephant skull in Albuquerque museum exhibit

Stegomastodon fossil

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) – A prehistoric elephant skull called one of the most intact ever found is now part of a New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science exhibit in Albuquerque.

The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that rare fossilized skull is part of the FossilWorks display, a laboratory where fossils are painstakingly prepped for research and an eventual installation.

Museum spokesman Randall Gann says the public can watch staff and volunteers as they work to clean the skull.

The 3 million-year-old stegomastodon fossil was found at Elephant Butte Lake earlier this year.

Officials say the stegomastodon doesn’t yet have a name.

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