Over 800 bones have been discovered in the “world’s first mammoth trap.”
Mammoth bones found outside of Mexico City in Tultepec. Photo courtesy of the National Anthropology and History Institute in Mexico.
A mammoth discovery was found by archeologists in Mexico, literally.
In what is thought to be a human-made pit dug around 15,000 years ago, more than 800 bones belonging to at least 14 mammoths were discovered.
The excavation of a site in Tultepec, Mexico, uncovered the skeletons that the National Anthropology and History Institute of Mexico described as “the largest find of its kind ever made.”
The pits were about 80 feet wide, large enough to contain the giant creatures ‘ colossal tusks and other skeletal fragments, which could weigh up to six tons.
One of the skulls, according to archaeologists, bore the mark of a spear wound, but most of the remains of the animals were completely intact, leading scholars to conclude that hunters pursued the animals to the mass grave, possibly scaring them with lit torches before they fell into the pit.
Now researchers call it the “world’s first mammoth trap.”
Talking to the Associated Press, the excavation team leader, Luis Córdova Barradas, said there was evidence that the area was home to about six mammoth herds, and with this finding, there is possibly “evidence of direct mammoth attacks. In Tultepec we can see there was the intention to hunt and make use” of the animals.
The site was found as workers were clearing the area before the development of a new airport to serve Mexico City under President Manuel Lopez Obrador’s government for a proposed garbage dump.
See below for few photos of the amazing discovery.

Mammoth bones found outside Mexico City in Tultepec. Photo courtesy of the National Anthropology and History Institute of Mexico.

Mammoth bones found outside of Mexico City in Tultepec


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