Giant well-preserved elephant found in Indonesia

The NZ Herald reports:

Australian and Indonesian researchers have excavated the 200,000-year-old skeleton of a giant elephant which remained preserved in east Java thanks to its extraordinary death.

And why was it preserved?

Dr van den Bergh said the elephant must have suffered an uncommon demise.

"Normally, such dead animals would have been ripped apart and eaten by carnivores," he said.

Indeed. You don't get fossils unless you have very specific conditions. I.e. rapid burial by sediments for example.