Woolly mammoth skeleton dug up by farmer

Woolly mammoth skeleton dug up by farmer


A farmer in Michigan has reaped an unusual
harvest – a 10,000 year old woolly mammoth skeleton. The astonishing discovery was made while James
Bristle and a friend weere digging in his soy field. The pair initially thought they were pulling
out a fence post – but it turned out to be a giant rib bone. Several other pieces of the prehistoric animal
were uncovered, including its skull and tusks. Palaeontologists from the University of Michigan
soon took control of the site and began the painstaking process of excavation. “It was an adult male, probably in its forties
at the time of its death. Probably lived between 10,000 and 15,000 years
ago,” While the skeleton is not complete, it does
include large sections of the mammoth remains, including its pelvis, vertebrae and shoulderblades. Fisher says that his team believe it was killed
by humans. “Our working hypothesis for what we’re dealing
with here is a partial skeleton, the pieces having been brought to this place
by ancient humans for storage of carcass parts in a pond. It was there intent to come back later and
retrieve this when they needed fresh meat,” Mammoths and mastodons, both distant relatives
of the elephant, inhabited North America until they became
extinct around 10 to 11,000 years ago. Around 300 mastodon and 30 mammoths have been
unearthed in Michigan, but none have been as complete as this one.

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