The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 Wednesday, October 21, 2020


Remains of 60 mammoths found in Mexico
A photo provided by Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History of an archaeologist working at a site north of Mexico City where bones of about 60 mammoths were discovered. The skeletons, mature males and females and their young, were found in the shallow areas of a former lake, and could shed further light on the hunting methods of prehistoric communities. INAH via The New York Times.

by Christine Hauser



NEW YORK (NYT NEWS SERVICE).- Archaeologists in Mexico have discovered the remains of dozens of mammoths in a finding that could shed further light on the hunting methods of prehistoric communities.

The discoveries were made near the construction site of a new civilian airport, General Felipe Ángeles International Airport, north of Mexico City. They give archaeologists “an unprecedented opportunity to delve into more than 30,000 years of history,” Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History said in a statement Thursday.

Pedro Francisco Sánchez Nava, the institute’s national coordinator of archaeology, said the remains of about 60 mammoths had so far been uncovered in three areas since exploration started late last year on the airport construction site, which was formerly occupied by the Santa Lucía air base. One of those areas was the shoreline of the former ancient Lake Xaltocan.

The skeletons — mature males and females and their young — were found in the shallow areas of the former lake and were more complete than those found in deeper parts of the former body of water.

Researchers believe the animals became fair game for hunters when they were in the shallow muck of the lake, Sánchez said in his statement. The researchers were still analyzing the bones to see how many could form complete skeletons.

“It is not ruled out that humans have taken advantage of these heavy animals, once they got stuck in the mud,” he said.

About 15 human burials of the pre-Hispanic period were also discovered, and the archaeologists believe they were of farmers. Some were buried with pots, bowls and clay figurines, like that of a dog, the institute said.

The Xaltocan excavations lie about 6 miles away from a planned landfill site in the town of Tultepec, where last year archaeologists discovered the bones of about 14 mammoths in two large pits believed to have been dug about 15,000 years ago.

The institute announced those findings in November, saying the bones could shed new light on the hunting habits of prehistoric communities who may have forced the Pleistocene animals into man-made traps.

Adam N. Rountrey, a collection manager at the University of Michigan Museum of Paleontology, said at the time that the find in Tultepec was “interesting,” but he noted there had been debate about whether sites of mammoth remains represented hunted animals or scavenged natural deaths.

Competing theories explain the demise of the mammoths, but it was most likely a combination of climate change, which created untenable conditions for the animals and also killed off a plant-based diet, as well as contact with humans who sought their skin and meat.

© 2020 The New York Times Company










Today's News

May 26, 2020

Remains of 60 mammoths found in Mexico

Important article on the young Jordaens published

A self-portrait by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry to be offered at auction

Gagosian opens an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper by Georg Baselitz

Marie-Antoinette's travel bag goes for royal ransom

Richard Anuszkiewicz, whose Op Art caught eyes in the '60s, dies at 89

Christie's Design Sale pays tribute to Jean Royère

Zurich Asia to offer rare stamps and philatelic treasures in June 2020 live internet auction in Hong Kong

Sotheby's pioneers the first online auction of pocket watches with "Breguet: Horologist Extraordinaire"

Pinakothek der Moderne exhibits a rare collection of vintage prints by August Sander

Live performance producers are giving up on 2020

Exhibition explores pleasure and gratification

Fine Arts Paris: One of the leading events of the autumn season will be held November 18-22

The 7th Biennial of Painting will focuse on the inner spaces

US writer Joyce Carol Oates wins France's richest book prize

Tai Kwun Contemporary opens new exhibition 'My Body Holds Its Shape'

The Hong Kong Art Gallery Association announces UNSCHEDULED: A showcase of Hong Kong galleries

How a pianist salvaged his lost Carnegie Hall debut

Sal Capozucca, rock drummer with a real estate gig, dies at 65

An African literary event for the lockdown era

Last Paris street singer takes final bow

Book sales soar as French lockdown eases

Cirque du Soleil founder wants to buy back show

Gucci says fashion shows should never be the same

Are Keto Diet Pills Really Effective?





Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 



Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
(1941 - 2019)
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

sa gaming free credit

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org avemariasound.org juncodelavega.com facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful