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posted by Fnord666 on Sunday November 10 2019, @04:47PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the could-have-used-trunkquilizer-darts dept.

This past weekend, archaeologists uncovered a pair of 15,000 year old artificial Mammoth Traps near Mexico City.

Early settlers of the Mexico Basin subdued giant mammoths by digging out deep, wide trenches and then driving the animals into the pits, according to a press release issued by Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). Scientists with INAH worked at these pits for the past 10 months, pulling out over 800 mammoth bones, some of which exhibited signs of hunting and possibly ritualistic rearrangement.

Two mammoth pits, and possibly a third, were found at the Tultepec II site, which is around 40 kilometers (25 miles) north of Mexico City.

According to INAH archaeologist and team leader Córdoba Barradas,

This is the first recorded use of pitfalls to capture mammoths—a strategy known to have been employed by African hunters to trap elephants, as described in a 2018 paper published in the science journal Quaternary

Barradas and his colleagues state that there is evidence the paleolithic site was in use for over 500 years and there is likely more to be uncovered in the area.

There is a particular mystery, he said, over why the haul only includes shoulder blades from the right side. "The left shoulder blades are missing – why?" he asked.

Bones from a camel and horse were also found at the site (these species later became extinct in the Americas.)

Also at The Guardian


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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Gaaark on Sunday November 10 2019, @04:53PM (1 child)

    by Gaaark (41) on Sunday November 10 2019, @04:53PM (#918629) Journal

    Córdoba Barradas Nikto

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 10 2019, @05:01PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 10 2019, @05:01PM (#918636)

      It's a Trap!

  • (Score: 0, Troll) by Ethanol-fueled on Sunday November 10 2019, @04:54PM (1 child)

    by Ethanol-fueled (2792) on Sunday November 10 2019, @04:54PM (#918630) Homepage

    Those remains aren't those of mammoths, they're those of Mexican women who hit the age of 30.

  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 10 2019, @05:01PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 10 2019, @05:01PM (#918637)

    The burrito bellgrande pit.

    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 10 2019, @06:05PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 10 2019, @06:05PM (#918654)

      It was the first Taco Bell franchise.

  • (Score: 0, Offtopic) by khallow on Sunday November 10 2019, @05:04PM (3 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday November 10 2019, @05:04PM (#918640) Journal
    If mammoths were that widespread 15k years ago, climate change isn't enough to cause their extinction.
    • (Score: 1) by RandomFactor on Sunday November 10 2019, @05:17PM

      by RandomFactor (3682) Subscriber Badge on Sunday November 10 2019, @05:17PM (#918644) Journal

      if by 'climate' you mean 'raining spears' then sure it was!

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    • (Score: 3, Touché) by Runaway1956 on Sunday November 10 2019, @05:44PM

      by Runaway1956 (2926) Subscriber Badge on Sunday November 10 2019, @05:44PM (#918648) Homepage Journal

      Not only raining spears, but slippery slopes and precipitous falls were a part of the climate.

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    • (Score: 1, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 10 2019, @09:52PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 10 2019, @09:52PM (#918699)

      If mammoths were that widespread 15k years ago...

      Hardly debatable considering the Siberian tusks exports to China been estimated to be 50-100 tons annually for decades.

      climate change isn't enough to cause their extinction

      Contact with humans during the Holocene is the confirmed cause for all recent megafauna extinctions, Elephantidae included. So, with human spread having to do with climate change and unless some really unusual survivor's bias is happening here...

      https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2018/04/in-a-few-centuries-cows-could-be-the-largest-land-animals-left/558323/ [theatlantic.com]

  • (Score: 5, Funny) by The Mighty Buzzard on Sunday November 10 2019, @05:22PM (1 child)

    Oh come on, there's no way that was a 15,000 year old mammoth trap. You don't need a trap for 15,000 year old mammoths; you just need a shovel or a pick axe to get them out of whatever they're entombed in. Our ancestors might not have been as technologically advanced as we are today but they weren't colossally stupid either.

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    • (Score: -1, Offtopic) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 10 2019, @05:42PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 10 2019, @05:42PM (#918647)

      but they weren't colossally stupid either.

      So, they hadn't invented the DNC yet? What about the World Socialist Party?

  • (Score: 0, Offtopic) by khallow on Sunday November 10 2019, @06:55PM (2 children)

    by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Sunday November 10 2019, @06:55PM (#918665) Journal
    How can something be so awesome and horrific at the same time? We have multi-ton behemoths duking it out in a lawyer-rich environment. But 66 million years? Your toe fungus could reach sentience in that time.
    • (Score: 1) by RandomFactor on Sunday November 10 2019, @08:10PM

      by RandomFactor (3682) Subscriber Badge on Sunday November 10 2019, @08:10PM (#918681) Journal

      Toe fungus is already eukaryotic and multicellular, so is already past the 600 million year ago mark.
       
      So, yah, not out of the question at all.

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    • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 10 2019, @08:41PM

      by Anonymous Coward on Sunday November 10 2019, @08:41PM (#918687)

      It already has. Intelligence as well, higher than yours actually, as it doesn't post comments in the wrong story.

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