60 Mammoths Unearthed in Mexico


Remains of 60 Mammoths Discovered in Mexico

Alex Fox/Smithsonianmag.com

Last year, archaeologists discovered huge earthen pits dug by humans some 15,000 years ago in an area just north of Mexico City. Inside those pits were the remains of more than a dozen mammoths, some of which showed signs of being butchered. This discovery led researchers to hypothesize that these pits were in fact traps laid by human ancestors to capture huge, prehistoric prey, reported the Associated Press in 2019.

Now, another mammoth graveyard has been found just six miles away, though archaeologists so far see no signs of human involvement in the demise of the roughly 60 mammoths that have been unearthed, reports Mark Stevenson for the Associated Press.

The glut of mammoth bones are spread across three sites, reports Christine Hauser for the New York Times. One of the sites is situated at what was once the muddy shoreline of an ancient lake called Xaltocan that has long since dried up.

Archaeologist Pedro Francisco Sánchez Nava of the INAH says in the statement that the mammoth skeletons found on the former shoreline of Xaltocan were better preserved than those excavated from what would have been the lake’s deeper waters. The shoreline contingent, which included adult males as well as females ….read more:


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