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Bones of 60 mammoths found in Mexico

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Archaeologists have found the bones of about 60 mammoths at an airport under construction just north of Mexico City, near human-built “traps” where more than a dozen mammoths were found last year.

Both discoveries reveal how appealing the area – once a shallow lake – was for the mammoths, and how erroneous was the classic vision of groups of fur-clad hunters with spears chasing mammoths across a plain.

For the moment, however, Mexican archaeologists are facing a surfeit of mammoths, almost too many to ever excavate.



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The discovery of at least 200 mammoth skeletons near Mexico City may help explain why the species became extinct, archaeologists have said.

It appears the beasts may have been butchered by humans between 10,000 and 20,000 years ago.

"We have about 200 mammoths, about 25 camels, five horses," said archaeologist Rubén Manzanilla López, from the National Institute of Anthropology and History.

A large number of bones is still to be excavated.



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