THE bones of at least 14 mammoths believed to have been butchered by early humans have been discovered in Mexico. Mammoth remains were found in what are suspected to have been traps, which humans would have set when hunting.
The remains are approximately 15,000 years old, about 7,000 years before mammoths went extinct.
They were found in the city of Tultepec, situated in Estado de Mexico.
The discovery was announced on Wednesday by the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
Tultepec is already world renown for its association with mammoths and houses a major mammoth museum.
Mammoths and humans roamed the Earth together until 8,000 years ago (Image: GETTY )
Picture of mammoth bones at the excavation scene (Image: Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History)
This holds a virtually complete mammoth skeleton that was found in 2016.
The latest discoveries are expected to end up joining it in the museum.
Pedro Francisco Sanchez Nava, the INAH’s national archaeology coordinator, expressed his joy at the find.
Speaking to CNN he commented: “It represents a watershed, a touchstone for how we previously imagined groups of hunter-gatherers interacted with these enormous herbivores.”
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A wooly mammoth reconstruction held in a museum (Image: GETTY )
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