800 mammoth bones unearthed in Mexico

Remains of mammoths have been discovered in man-made traps in Mexico believed to have been built 15,000 years ago

The anthropologists of Mexico have announced that they found two pits dug 15,000 years ago built by humans to trap mammoths.

The bones of at least 14 mammoths bones were found in what is believed to be the first mammoth trap set by humans, in Tultepec, Mexico, in a photo released by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology (INAH).

Researchers speculated that ancient hunters probably chased the giant animals into the pits, which are 1.70 meters deep and 25 meters in diameter (5½ feet by 82 feet). "This is the largest find of its kind ever made", according to the institute, in a statement.

The skeletal remains were found in Tultepec, near the site where President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador's Government is building a new airport for Mexico City.

The recent discovery of more than 800 mammoth bones could change our understanding of how early humans hunted the enormous animals.

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Previously, anthropologists and archaeologists surmised that mammoth hunting mostly happened on accident, or serendipitously. Remains of two other species that have gone extinct in the Americas - a horse and a camel - were also found.

The latest discovery suggests, to the contrary, that some of the earliest settlers of the Basin of Mexico used the environment and social organization to systematically hunt woolly mammoths. Radar surveys of surrounding mammoth grave sites could reveal the presence of similar traps.

"There was little evidence before that hunters attacked mammoths".

It was unclear if plans for the garbage dump would proceed.

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