More than mammoth skeletons have been identified spread across nearly excavation sites, along with a mix of other Ice Age mammals, in the area destined to become the Mexican capital's new commercial airport. Lead archeologist Ruben Manzanilla explained on Tuesday that around 24, years ago mammoth herds reached this spot where sprawling grasslands and lakes would have enticed them to reside.
He speculates that most of the mammoths died this way, though he adds that there is some evidence that around 10, years ago early humans may have also hunted the tonne beasts with flint arrows and spears, or dug rudimentary shallow water pits to snare them.
But the sheer amount of bones, including long, curling tusks - technically the animal's front two teeth - have come as a shock. Once the excavations are finished, Manzanilla said the site, located about 30 miles 50km north of downtown Mexico City, could rival others in the United States and Siberia as the planet's biggest deposit of mammoth skeletons.
He noted that a museum-style mammoth exhibit is being planned for the airport's main terminal. Story continues The series of inter-connected lakes that once ice age online earnings the Valley of Mexico were deliberately drained by Spanish colonial masters beginning in the s in an effort to tame annual flooding.
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