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World Researchers didn't think humans attacked woolly mammoths – until they uncovered a trap in Mexico

08:10  09 november  2019
08:10  09 november  2019 Source:   usatoday.com

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Researchers didn ' t think humans attacked woolly mammoths – until they uncovered a trap in Mexico . At least 14 skeletons of woolly mammoths have been discovered in Mexico in pits apparently built by human hunters to trap and kill the huge animals some 15,000 years ago

PITS dug by prehistoric humans to trap woolly mammoths 15,000 years ago have been found in Mexico . The discovery was made by researchers from Mexico 's National Institute of Anthropology and History. They said Wednesday the pits were uncovered during excavations on land that was to

At least 14 skeletons of woolly mammoths have been discovered in Mexico in pits apparently built by human hunters to trap and kill the huge animals some 15,000 years ago, according to Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History.

The discovery "represents a watershed, a touchstone on what we imagined until now was the interaction of hunter-gatherer bands with these enormous herbivores," Pedro Francisco Sánchez Nava, national coordinator of archaeology at INAH, told reporters on Wednesday.

a lizard on a rock: This photo released on November 6, 2019 by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology (INAH) shows mammoth bones in Tultepec, Mexico. The bones of at least 14 mammoths, who would have lived more than 14,000 years ago, were found in what is believed to be the first find of a mammoth trap set by humans. © INAH/AFP via Getty Images This photo released on November 6, 2019 by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology (INAH) shows mammoth bones in Tultepec, Mexico. The bones of at least 14 mammoths, who would have lived more than 14,000 years ago, were found in what is believed to be the first find of a mammoth trap set by humans. The skeletons were found in Tultepec, about 25 miles north of Mexico City, in clay that had once been at the bottom of Lake Xaltocan.

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At least 14 woolly mammoth skeletons have been uncovered in Mexico in traps built by humans about 15,000 years ago. The two pits in Tultepec north of Mexico City are the first mammoth traps to be discovered, officials say. Early hunters may have herded the elephant-sized mammals into the

Researchers with Mexico 's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) announced the discovery this week, saying that it lends “unprecedented context” to experts’ understanding of how ancient humans hunted woolly mammoths . The pits date to 15,000 years ago, each measuring

Archaeologist Luis Cordoba Barradas, of INAH's Directorate of Archaeological Rescue, said the discovery offers a more complex and complete concept of how mammoth hunts were carried out. 

Archaeologists suggested that the clay area had opened up as the lake receded during the era of mammoths, providing hunters with a site easier to dig up to create traps.

Cordoba Barradas, who led the team, said the finding suggests that groups of between 20 and 30 hunters swept a herd of mammoths with torches and branches to divert some of the animals into the traps. Once there, they were killed and their carcasses cut up.

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A 15,000-Year-Old Trap For Catching Woolly Mammoths Has Been Discovered In Mexico

  A 15,000-Year-Old Trap For Catching Woolly Mammoths Has Been Discovered In Mexico Archaeologists working at a site near Mexico City have unearthed a 15,000-year-old trap built by humans to capture mammoths, in what’s the first discovery of its kind. Early settlers of the Mexico Basin subdued giant mammoths by digging out deep, wide trenches and then driving the animals into the pits, according to a press release issued by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). Scientists with INAH worked at these pits for the past 10 months, pulling out over 800 mammoth bones, some of which exhibited signs of hunting and possibly ritualistic rearrangement. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.

Archaeologists have discovered a large trove of mammoth skeletons north of Mexico City, possibly shedding new light on the hunting habits of prehistoric communities. Researchers from Mexico ’s National Institute of Anthropology and History say they have uncovered what could be the first

Construction workers north of Mexico City accidentally unearthed a trove of 800 bones from at least 14 woolly mammoths while digging a garbage dump; it is “the largest find of its kind ever made.” They were uncovered in pits measuring six feet deep and 25 yards in diameter in Tultepec.

“There was little evidence before that hunters attacked mammoths. It was thought they frightened them into getting stuck in swamps and then waited for them to die,” he told reporters Wednesday. “This is evidence of direct attacks on mammoths. In Tultepec we can see there was the intention to hunt and make use of the mammoths.”

He said an important clue was the vertical cuts in the earth where the bones were found, indicating the pit had been dug by humans.

Archaeologists working in the Tultepec sites for 10 months found 824 bones, including eight skulls, five jaws,  100 vertebrae and 179 ribs.

Cordoba Barradas said one skull had what appeared to be a long term fracture, indicating that hunters may have battled that particular mammoth for years. He said the way the bones were ritually displayed indicated that the hunters "had to consider him brave, fierce, and showed him his respect in this way."

While the 14 mammoths found at the site are far less than the hundred-plus found at sites in northern and eastern Europe, the discovery qualifies Tultepec to be listed as a Mammoth Megasites.


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