Paleontologists from the University of Michigan unearthed an ancient mammoth from a farmer’s field in the Lima Township of Michigan.
They were able to recover about 20% of the animal’s bones, including the skull, two tusks, numerous vertebrae and ribs, pelvis, and both shoulder blades. Along with the skeletal remains, the researchers also found possible evidence of human activity. Daniel Fisher, director of the U-M Museum of Paleontology and a professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, theorizes:
“We think that humans were here and may have butchered and stashed the meat so that they could come back later for it.”
The evidence that points to human interaction with the mammoth are a number of large boulders, researchers believe held the mammoth in the pond, and a small stone that may have been used as a cutting tool. Another sign that the animal may have been placed in the pond, is that the neck vertebrae where found in the correct anatomical sequence, instead of scattered which is normal for a natural death.
Depending on the age, and if the signs of human interaction with the mammoth are conclusive, the findings may help researchers accurately date when humans first arrived in the Americas.
Source/MediaUniversity of Michigan