Mammoth remains discovered in Mexico

Mammoth remains discovered in Mexico


By CNN Mexico Staff

(CNN) — The remains of a mammoth have been uncovered south of Mexico City, researchers at Mexico’s National Institute for Anthropology and History said.

“For the first time in Latin America, magnetic, electric and ground-penetrating radar methods were applied in paleontology… (methods that are) commonly used in archaeological excavations to detect architectural (findings),” the institute said. Ground-penetrating radar is a technique that uses electromagnetic radiation to generate a picture of the subsurface.

Paleontologists and archaeologists worked together to use these approaches, which saved the scientists time, and helped them determine the magnitude of the discovery before the excavation process started last March.

Researchers said that the specimen is a male Columbian mammoth (Mammuthus columbi) that died approximately 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. The animal was approximately 30 years old at the moment of its death. Its body remained covered by a one-meter thick grave of…

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