Mammoth traps found Mexico, human-built pits dug 15,000 years ago


Mammoth traps found Mexico, human-built pits dug 15,000 years ago.

Anthropologists in Mexico claim they have located two massive, dug pits dating back about 15,000 years ago that were used to trap the large beasts, reported The Associated Press.

Scientists at Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History explained that the pits were found while excavating a parcel of land set to be utilized as a garbage dump.

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Amazingly, the traps — located in the neighborhood of Tultepec, just north of Mexico City — were filled with bones from at least 14 mammoths.

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Some of the animals were apparently butchered, reported The AP, and the pits were roughly six feet deep and 75 feet wide.

The institute hinted that ancient hunters might have chased mammoths into the traps before killing them.

Also found in the pre-Ice Age pits were the remains of a camel and horse.

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Mammoths — which are related to elephants — were huge mammals with curved, large tusks that died out about 4,000 years ago.

The last woolly mammoth is believed to have roamed Earth between 2000 B.C. and 1700 B.C.


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