The bones -- thought to belong to a creature that roamed the earth between 200,000 and 50,000 years ago
-- were discovered by accident during the excavation of an ancient Roman site 30 miles (50 kilometers) east of Paris.
It may be only the third remains of a long-haired woolly mammoth discovered in France in the last 150 years. Such discoveries are more common in Siberia.
Archaeologists will try to establish the circumstances of the long-tusked specimen's death:
if it drowned in the River Marne or was hunted by Neanderthal Man.
It was a French scientist, Georges Cuvier, who first identified the woolly mammoth in 1796.