Skip to comments.Staggering Number of Bones of Extinct Ice Age Animals Found in Mexico
Posted on 09/06/2012 8:24:18 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake
Apparently, archaeologists have also found a few human skeletal remains at the excavation site
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September 4, 2012 11:10 AM GMT
More than hundred bones of animals, now extinct, that thrived over 10,000 years ago (the late Pleistocene period), have been discovered in the state of Hidalgo, in central-eastern Mexico.
The discovery was made at a construction site of a wastewater treatment plant near the river El Salto in the city of Atotonilco de Tula, archaeologists at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), announced in a statement.
The remains include bones of several extinct animals including mastodons and mammoths among others, which were found scattered at different distances within an area of approximately 100 hectares, and as deep as 10 metres.
The skeletal remains of extinct animals, some of which measure up to 1.60 m, corresponding to ribs, vertebrae, skulls, jaws, defences (fangs), horns and shells, of species such as glyptodont, mastodon, mammoth, camel, horse, deer, bison and possibly other as yet unidentified, INAH archaeologists said, adding that it took about five months of excavation work to dig out all the remains.
Though remains of mammoths have been found in the past as well, archaeologists are dubbing it as the biggest discovery of the Ice Ages large-bodied animal remains ever made in the region.
This is the most numerous and varied discovery of remains of extinct megafauna, found together, registered so far in the Basin of Mexico INAH archaeologist Alicia Bonfil Olivera said.
Apparently, archaeologists have also found a few human skeletal remains at the excavation site but scientific investigation for confirmation is yet to be done. However, two stone tools found in the excavation suggest that the bones may be of a human.
The characteristics and size of some bones indicate that it is human limbs, which is not surprising because it is known that man lived in central Mexico at that time.
The sediments and sand layer in which the faunal remains were found further indicate that the animals and possibly humans probably were trapped in landslides and got buried in the debris.
Or a really big flood.
Yep. Or perchance a REALLY big wave.
Gentle, one with nature, Native Americans butchered the
mega-fauna of the Americas into extinction as they moved south.
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Could be a really big flood. Really big floods occur around the world with regularity, and Hidalgo is certainly a place where hurricanes (and ensuing really big floods) have caused significant damage and deaths in the past. Of course we know this isn’t evidence of Noah’s flood; since he gathered two of every animal, we’d still have mammoths, mastodons, and armadillos the size of cars still wandering around.
Very likely a mass kill off from a lahar (volcanic mudslide). The Basin of Mexico (Mexico City is built over an unstable lake bed) is surrounded by volcanoes.
Or a really big meteor.
Yeah, and chased 'em all the way down to Florida where they cornered them on the peninsula -- from SOME accounts as recently as three to four thousand years ago. Not sure how reliable those accounts may be since the megafauna in North America were presumably wiped out at the end Pleistocene. Me, I dunno...
Believe what you will, I will be very happy in my G_d fearing ignorance. And I believe that G_d will bless me for it.
Another possibility. Myself, I'm inclined to believe they met their fate the same way most of the other extinct megafauna did in northern and western hemispheres. Fact is, there have been indications from other parts of the world where tsunami type detritus was mingled with volcanic ash, mangled trees and the like -- along with sand and gravel -- from somewhere.
The end of the Pleistocene was not a pretty picture. Our most recent and probably least studied extinction event on the planet. Too close for comfort maybe.
Or several even???
They'll probably find a way to snort them or smoke them.
Well, using that train of thought, no animals must have become extinct since the time of Noah. Including this very short list, I suppose -
I thought these were special animals with more than the normal amount of bones,
I have to ask: how would you go about making a meal out of that thing?