The remains of a mammoth who lived about 15,000 years ago have been found in central Mexico. Well-preserved bone remains of a mammoth that lived some 10,000 or 15,000 years have been discovered in the central Mexican state of Queretaro, as reported by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
- Mammoth remains found in Mexico
INAH reported on Friday in a statement that the remains, among which two long fangs stand out In addition to a skull fragment and two other pieces still identified, they were found in the municipality of Huimilpan in an area eroded by floodsthat exposed the bones.
The document stated that according to a report from the municipal authorities, INAH specialists went to the site to verify discovery, evaluating the state of conservation of fossils and proceeding to his recovery. The fossils will be taken to the INAH center in Queretaro, where the accumulated moisture will dry then apply a special treatment to harden and obtain its original density. Once established, you can begin your restoration.
Experts in charge of excavation and recovery work say the remains are in a good state of conservation and they add that the fangs are of 1'8 meters long. By age of skeletal remains, the physical anthropologist Israel Lara Barajas says that this type of fauna inhabited the area between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago, something corroborated by discoveries other Pleistocene fossils in the area for the past 20 years.
Lara Barajas points out how important it is that people report these findings to INAH so that the fossils can be recovered 'in situ'And because it contributes to protection and conservation of the national paleontological and archaeological heritage.
“It is very important to establish contact with the municipalities, forge an alliance with the people and the authorities and respond as quickly as possible to report discoveries of archaeological remains, since this way we will become guardians of our cultural heritage”, says the specialist.
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