Mammoth skeletons and 15,000-year-old human-built traps found in Mexico
Nov 08 2019
Researchers have worked at the site, near where President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's government is building a new airport for Mexico City, for nearly 10 months, recovering 824 bones in the roughy 26-feet-deep pit.
Diego Prieto Hernández, director of the institute, said the discovery "represents a watershed, a turning point in what we until now imagined to be the interaction between hunter-gatherers with these huge herbivores".
Archaeologists working the site of a planned garbage dump in Tultepec, Mexico, say they've found two pits used to capture the animals, as well as 824 bones from at least 14 mammoths-some of which show evidence of hunting.
The skeletal remains were found in Tultepec, near the site where President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's government is building a new airport for Mexico City.
Anthropologists have uncovered the bones of at least 14 wooly mammoths in an excavated pit in the city of Tultepec in Mexico. The holes housed hundreds of 15,000-year-old mammoth bones, leading scientists to deduce that they were purposefully ensnared in the quarry. "The herds grew, reproduced, died, were hunted ...they lived alongside other species, including horses and camels", archaeologist Luis Cordoba told journalists. Researchers found approximately 800 bones in the two pits, along with the remains of a few horses and camels.
The latest discovery suggests, to the contrary, that some of the earliest settlers of the Basin of Mexico used the environment and social organization to systematically hunt woolly mammoths.
In the 1970s, workers building the Mexico City subway found a mammoth skeleton while digging on the capital's north side.
It's unclear if plans for the dump will be altered to accommodate the site.