Prehistoric elephant nursery probably made easy prey for Neanderthals

An elephant calf Neto De Carvalho and others' fossilized footprint
Elephants were raising their babies among the dunes along the Spanish coast more than 100,000 years ago. Fossil footprints indicate that at least 14 calves of the extinct straight-tusked Elephant (Palaeoloxodon Antiquus) were part of a prehistoric nursery. They were also hunted by Neanderthals.

Carlos Neto de Carvalho, from the Naturtejo UNESCO Global Geopark, Portugal, and his colleagues, identified the tracks on a wide fossil surface called Matalascaas Trampled Surface, (MTS), in Huelva in Spain that includes the footprints