The skull of a walrus was recently discovered in southern Snæfellsnes, West Iceland, RÚV reports. The skull, which is very well preserved and weighs 10 kilos (22 pounds), is believed to be about 2,000 years old, and its discovery supports suggestions that walruses used to live permanently by the coast of Iceland.
A group of scientists examines and estimates the age of walrus teeth and bones discovered on Iceland’s coasts. Their research of such finds in southern Snæfellsnes has revealed that many of them are about 2,000 years old.
“These finds suggest that conditions here in Iceland were very different long ago, and that there were colonies of [walruses] here and they lived here permanently,” reports Hilmar Malmquist, director of the Icelandic Museum of Natural History.