James Bristle has discovered prehistoric mammoth bones. Back in October 2015, he was digging in a field in Michigan when he revealed the bones of a wooly mammoth. Some scientists from the University of Michigan have come to help and managed to excavate approximately 20% of the mammoth’s skeleton. The skeleton will be soon exhibited in the Museum of Natural History.
- Archaeologists have revealed several prehistoric mammoth skeletons.
- Every such discovery can trace back the migration of modern human population.
After further analyses had been conducted, experts established that the mammoth dated back 15,000 years ago. The animal lived a thousand years before the appearance of the Clovis hunters. This population was considered to be the earliest modern one in Michigan. If that information is accurate, then scientists will be able to reveal more details about the people who inhabited the Americas.
The prehistoric mammoth bones proved that this animal interacted with people. Specialists’ examination displayed the evidence that the mammoth’s cranium had been shattered while the skull was still fresh. The places where the head was fractured indicated that soft tissue was removed from there.
Daniel Fisher, who is the director of Museum of Paleontology at the University of Michigan, has claimed that the traces left on the bones indicate that prehistoric humans dealt with the mammoth’s carcass. Regarding the fact that the bones were stored in several piles, scientists have considered the possibility of being saved there by someone. Probably, humans living back then had cut the body into small pieces to move it.
Another significant indicator of ancient human presence was the discovery of some rocks positioned near the skeleton. These stones resembled the ones used by people to anchor food underwater. This animal represented one of the primary sources of food back then. That could be a reason why people stored chunks of the body in several piles.
This type of discovery can help scientists trace back the human migration which happened many years ago. This year, a few months back, scientists had discovered prehistoric mammoth bones in Siberia. They have estimated the animal was 45,000 years old.
There were also found pieces of sharp stones as if coming from some old tools. This finding reveals that modern humans reached Siberia much earlier than scientists have previously believed. Last September, another mammoth skeleton was unveiled. This one was situated off the coast of California, in the Channel Islands.
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