A team of paleontologists from Mexico City has recovered the remains of an ancient mammoth using methods normally used by archaeologists, the first project of its kind in Latin America.
The researchers of the National Institute of Anthropology and History have reported on their website that the skull, ribs, vertebrae, jaw and other parts of these long-extinct mammals have been recovered, using magnetic, electrical, and georadars penetration methods, first used in Latin America to these kinds of discoveries.
“With the help of these techniques, commonly used in archaeological excavations to access discoveries, we were able to determine the magnitude of the find before starting the excavation, saving us valuable time in research.”Explained an expert from the Institute.
The paleontologists They have stated that they hope to find the remains they have not yet discovered using the same techniques that are normally used in archaeological excavations.
So far, scientists have excavated 70% of the remains of the mammoth, which was discovered in the town of Milpa Alta, south of the Mexican capital.
The bones belong to a male prairie mammoth (Mammuthus columbi) 30 years old at his death, which was discovered last year and whose remains had been protected by volcanic ash from an eruption that occurred between 10,000 and 12,000 million years ago, according to scientists.
Mammoths are an extinct genus of the family of elephants that existed in the Pliocene periods (Late Neogene), Pleistocene and Holocene (Quaternary).
The National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico, which began excavation work last month, is a federal government department whose goal is the preservation and protection of the nation's cultural and archaeological heritage.
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