Huge trove of mammoth skeletons found in Mexico

Archaeologists said Wednesday they have made the largest-ever discovery of mammoth remains: a trove of 800 bones from at least 14 of the extinct giants in central Mexico.

Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) said the archaeologists have made the first-ever discovery of a mammoth trap set by humans, who would have used it to capture the huge herbivores more than 14,000 years ago.

The skeletal remains were found in Tultepec, near the site where the construction of a new airport for Mexico City is in progress.

Some bore signs that the animals had been hunted, leading experts to conclude that they had found "the world's first mammoth trap," it said. Researchers said at least five mammoth herds lived in the area.

Mexico has had many surprising mammoth discoveries before. In the 1970s, workers building the Mexico City subway found a mammoth skeleton at the site on the north side of the capital.

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Source(s): AFP