In May 2016, a group of archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) found the remains of a mammoth in Tultepec, north of Mexico City.
Since then, they have worked tirelessly to recover the bones, believing that they could provide evidence about the lives of primitive humans in Mexico.
Researcher Luis Córdoba, of INAH, established that the mammal is between 14,000 and 12,000 years old, according to the institute’s website. The finding surprised the researchers by the way the bone remains were found and what this might tell them about the animal’s death.
The bones were found disordered, not in an anatomical arrangement in the position they died, which leads researchers to suspect the body or bones may have been handled by hunters and gatherers at that time.
Excavation work showed modern landfills of rubble and basalt at the upper ground layer followed deeper down by volcanic ash from eruptions that occurred 12,900 years ago. Below that was a greenish slime that indicates when the area was a marshland. While the bones are somewhat fragile, the sediment at the bottom of the lake or marsh helped keep them in better condition than otherwise might be expected.
This finding is significant because it indirectly signals the presence of humans 40,000 years ago.
According to the INAH, the bones are from a young mammal of about 20 or 25 years old and up to 3 meters high.
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