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We all know what mammoths are, thanks to general knowledge books, and the awesome animated movie series Ice Age. Mammoths were humongous creatures that walked the Earth thousands of years ago, and what remains of them today are simply fossilized skeletons.
Many have already been found and dug up, and now, we can add one more to that list, thanks to the construction crew that was working at the Oregon football stadium.
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A construction crew working at the Oregon State Football Stadium for a renovation project made a startling discovery under the soil.
Professors of anthropology have established that the structure that was discovered underneath the Oregon State Football Stadium was a bone that belonged to a mammoth, and is around 10,000 years old. Many more bones that belonged to extinct animals were discovered at the same site. Bones belonging to some bison and a camel or horse were also found. "There are quite a few bones and dozens of pieces. Some of the bones are not in very good shape, but some are actually quite well preserved," Loren Davis, associate professor of anthropology at Oregon State said.
Mammoths were humongous elephant-like pre-historic animals that walked the Earth thousands of years ago.
None of the bones found seemed to belong to humans, and the animals didn't look like they were killed.
Davis and his students have grabbed this lucky opportunity to excavate the area and look for more bones. "It'll be a great learning experience for them, to learn how to identify extinct animal bones. It's really an amazing find" he said.
Davis explained that it was not totally unnatural to find so many different bones together at one place. This is because sick animals often go to the same body of water to die.
The construction crew has suspended activities since the discovery of the bones. The project has suffered some minute delays, but it is expected to be completed in time for the 2016 home season.