Mammoth Skeleton Found in Mexico, Reveals Ancient Man’s Way of Hunting

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The skeletal remains of around 14 Mammoths have been discovered by excavation teams from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Tultepec, Mexico. They were found in two round holes that appeared to be traps used by ancient humans to hunt down Mammoths.

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Reporting from the News Atlas page, Sunday (11/10/2019) the discovery is expected to be able to shed new light on how humans in ancient times hunted down Mammoths. Archaeologists suspect that there were approximately 20 to 30 ancient humans in groups to hunt down Mammoths. They use torches to separate Mammoths from their friends and direct them into traps. The trap has a depth of 1.7 m (5.6 feet) and a diameter of 25 m (82 feet).

There are more than 800 bones found including eight skulls, five jaws, 100 vertebrae, and 179 ribs. However, the lack of bones indicates that humans may have performed rituals or perhaps to honor mammoths themselves. Of the six scapulas found, all originated from the right side of the mammoth.

A seemingly intentional arrangement of several bones also suggests certain rites or rituals might have taken place.

There is also evidence that Mammoth ribs are used to cut mammoth meat, and that their ulna is used as a polishing tool, possibly to remove fat from the skin. The fact that many skulls were found upside down shows that the tongue of a mammoth was eaten, along with other organs. Furthermore, the discovery is expected to originate from the late Pleistocene era.

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