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"Mammoth Traps" built by primeval hunters discovered in Mexico



Mammoth traps built by prehistoric humans were discovered in Mexico 15,000 years ago.

The traps consist of two pits with which the hunters have cornered and killed the huge animals. The walls of the pits, according to the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico (INAH) are about 5.6 feet deep and each have a diameter of 82 feet.

Archaeologists have recovered 824 bones from the mines near Tultepec in the north of Mexico City. The bones are probably the remains of at least 14 mammoths. There are also found remains of two other species that have disappeared in the Americas – a horse and a camel.

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Experts say that groups of 20 to 30 hunters used torches and twigs to separate some mammoths from their flock and fall into traps to steer.

  On this undated photo published by the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico, INAH.

On this undated photo Photo of the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).
(Meliton Tapia / Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History via AP)

Researchers said the pits were found on Wednesday during excavations on land intended to serve as a dump. The archaeologists have excavated the sites for 10 months.

The discovery "represents a watershed, a test of what we've imagined so far, the interplay of hunter-gatherer bands with these giant herbivores," said Pedro Francisco Sánchez Nava, National Archeology Coordinator at INAH, in a statement.

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Other mammoth discoveries have attracted attention. For example, earlier this year, a 12-year-old boy discovered a woolly mammoth molar on the grounds of a resort in northeastern Ohio last month.

  824 bones were recovered from the mammoth traps. (Photo: Edith Camacho, INAH)

824 bones were recovered from the mammoth traps. (Photo: Edith Camacho, INAH)

Wool mammoths were the last mammoth species that died out about 4,000 years ago.

In 2012, an almost complete skeleton of a woolly mammoth was dug up in France, much to the delight of archaeologists. Woolly mammoth finds, however, are more common in Siberia, where frozen remains have been discovered several times.

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The discovery of well-preserved woolly mammoth remains and advances in genetic research have fueled the discussion that the long-extinct beasts could be cloned. However, the ethics of scientists making possible the extinction of one species has been hotly debated, and critics have said that resources are better used for existing animals.

2017 was a 10-year-old in New Mexico came across a million-year-old fossil, which was considered a Stegomastodon skull. The following year, three boys in Mississippi dug up a mastodon fossil that is believed to be nearly 100,000 years old.

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