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Beautiful photos reveal the skulls and tusks of dozens of mammoths

Excavations in Mexico have revealed a graveyard of nearly 70 fossilized mammoths.

Stunning images of the site reveal the bright white skulls and tusks of the prehistoric giants.

Fossilized remains of the elephant’s now-extinct cousin were first discovered in 2019 during routine excavations to clear land for a new airport.

Ongoing work by anthropologists has now found remains of dozens of mammoths, believed to have been hunted by humans 15,000 years ago.

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Shown, the huge skull and tusks of a Colombian mammoth found at the site in Mexico. The animal is said to have weighed up to 20,000 pounds when it lived more than 12,000 years ago

Shown, the huge skull and tusks of a Colombian mammoth found at the site in Mexico. The animal is said to have weighed up to 20,000 pounds when it lived more than 12,000 years ago

The Colombian mammoth's tusks can grow up to 16 feet long. In the photo, experts carefully dig up the remains of the mammoth

The Colombian mammoth's tusks can grow up to 16 feet long. In the photo, experts carefully dig up the remains of the mammoth

The Colombian mammoth’s tusks can grow up to 16 feet long. In the photo, experts carefully dig up the remains of the mammoth

Colombian mammoths had very little fur, unlike their woolly cousins ​​who lived in freezing tundra. The giants were up to 15ft long, waged up to 22,000lbs and had huge tusks up to 16ft long. They also had an estimated life of about 65 years. Depicted, artist's impression

Colombian mammoths had very little fur, unlike their woolly cousins ​​who lived in freezing tundra. The giants were up to 15ft long, waged up to 22,000lbs and had huge tusks up to 16ft long. They also had an estimated life of about 65 years. Depicted, artist's impression

Colombian mammoths had very little fur, unlike their woolly cousins ​​who lived in freezing tundra. The giants were up to 15ft long, waged up to 22,000lbs and had huge tusks up to 16ft long. They also had an estimated life of about 65 years. Depicted, artist’s impression

The surprising discovery was made at the site of the new Felipe Angeles International Airport in the city of Santa Lucia in the central Mexican state of Mexico.

In addition to a huge amount of fossil remains, 15 human skulls have been found on site, believed to have come from pre-Hispanic burials, along with keepers, obsidian and the remains of dogs.

National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) workers have been working on the site since the first remains of Colombian mammoths (Mammuthus columbi) were found.

Investigators initially thought that only about a dozen mammoths would be found at the site, but the team has now discovered the remains of nearly 70 specimens.

Pedro Francisco Sanchez Nava, the INAH’s National Anthropology Coordinator, told local media: “The biggest challenge was the richness of the wildlife and the number of remains is greater than we expected.

“We have more than sixty mammoths. Most are from the Colombian mammoth and other Pleistocene (era) wildlife such as bison, some remains of a camel and pieces of horse. ‘

People probably hunted in this region because it was on a now-barren water, Lake Xaltocan.

Pictured, the teeth of a Colombian mammoth found on the site. The surprising discovery was made at the site of the new Felipe Angeles International Airport in the city of Santa Lucia in the central Mexican state of Mexico State

Pictured, the teeth of a Colombian mammoth found on the site. The surprising discovery was made at the site of the new Felipe Angeles International Airport in the city of Santa Lucia in the central Mexican state of Mexico State

Pictured, the teeth of a Colombian mammoth found on the site. The surprising discovery was made at the site of the new Felipe Angeles International Airport in the city of Santa Lucia in the central Mexican state of Mexico State

Researchers from the same institute have also discovered two man-made wells dug nearby 15,000 years ago. The wells were about six feet deep and 25 meters in diameter. The institute said hunters may have chased mammoths into traps

Researchers from the same institute have also discovered two man-made wells dug nearby 15,000 years ago. The wells were about six feet deep and 25 meters in diameter. The institute said hunters may have chased mammoths into traps

Researchers from the same institute have also discovered two man-made wells dug nearby 15,000 years ago. The wells were about six feet deep and 25 meters in diameter. The institute said hunters may have chased mammoths into traps

The National Institute of Anthropology (INAH) photo in Mexico shows giant tusks in Tultepec, Mexico

The National Institute of Anthropology (INAH) photo in Mexico shows giant tusks in Tultepec, Mexico

The National Institute of Anthropology (INAH) photo in Mexico shows giant tusks in Tultepec, Mexico

An expert working on mammoth bones in Tultepec, Mexico. The herbivorous giants are said to have lived more than 14,000 years ago. Scientists believe that mammoths may have been caught by humans

An expert working on mammoth bones in Tultepec, Mexico. The herbivorous giants are said to have lived more than 14,000 years ago. Scientists believe that mammoths may have been caught by humans

An expert working on mammoth bones in Tultepec, Mexico. The herbivorous giants are said to have lived more than 14,000 years ago. Scientists believe that mammoths may have been caught by humans

The wells used to trap the mammoths were about six feet deep and 25 meters in diameter. The institute said hunters may have chased mammoths into traps

The wells used to trap the mammoths were about six feet deep and 25 meters in diameter. The institute said hunters may have chased mammoths into traps

The wells used to trap the mammoths were about six feet deep and 25 meters in diameter. The institute said hunters may have chased mammoths into traps

Difference between the Colombian mammoth and the woolly mammoth

Colombian mammoths had very little fur, unlike their woolly cousins ​​who lived in freezing tundra.

The Colombian mammoth grew up to 15ft tall, wedged up to 22,000 pounds (10 tons), and had huge tusks up to 16ft tall. They also had an estimated life of about 65 years.

They are one of the last mammoth tribes to become extinct in the world and exterminated about 12,000 years ago.

The Colombian mammoth inhabited North America as far north as the northern United States and as far south as Costa Rica.

The South American giant was slightly larger than the Woolly Mammoth, which was 11.5 feet long and weighed up to eight tons.

The two species were closely related and they were both believed to be herbivores.

Their teeth were designed to grind large amounts of vegetation and they had to consume tens of thousands of calories per day to maintain their size.

Some of the excavated animals may be up to 35,000 years old.

The area was rich in wildlife during the Mammoth era because it was the junction of four separate valleys and therefore acted as a natural corridor.

Mr. Sanchez Nava said, “Perhaps people noticed the passage 15,000 years ago and organized it as a society to hunt them.”

People living in the region may have abused this prehistoric migration path and set traps for hunting.

Colombian mammoths had very little fur, unlike their woolly cousins ​​who lived in freezing tundra.

The giants were up to 15ft long, waged up to 22,000lbs and had huge tusks up to 16ft long. They also had an estimated life of about 65 years.

They are one of the last mammoth tribes to become extinct in the world and exterminated about 12,000 years ago.

The Colombian mammoth inhabited North America as far north as the northern United States and as far south as Costa Rica.

A team of 31 archaeologists and three restorers are working on the site, and construction of the new airport has been delayed but not halted by the discoveries.

Mr Sanchez Nava said: ‘We work in a coordinated manner with the person responsible for the airport work process. We have the conditions to continue our work without affecting the airport deadline. ‘

There are plans to create a museum at the airport to get a glimpse of what life was like in the region during the late Pleistocene.

Mr. Sanchez Nava said: “It will be a museum to showcase the development of the site in recent times and to rebuild regional history, giving visitors the chance to know how this area has been for more than 35,000 years looked ago. ”

Researchers from the same institute have also discovered two man-made wells dug in the same region 15,000 years ago.

These wells were found during excavations on land that would be used as a landfill, according to reports.

The wells, filled with about 800 bones from at least 14 mammoths, were found near Tultepec, just north of Mexico City. Some animals had apparently been slaughtered.

The wells were about six feet deep and 25 meters in diameter. The institute said hunters may have chased mammoths into traps.

In addition to a huge amount of fossil remains, 15 human skulls have been found at the site believed to have come from pre-Hispanic burials, along with keepers (pictured), obsidian, and the remains of dogs.

In addition to a huge amount of fossil remains, 15 human skulls have been found at the site believed to have come from pre-Hispanic burials, along with keepers (pictured), obsidian, and the remains of dogs.

In addition to a huge amount of fossil remains, 15 human skulls have been found at the site believed to have come from pre-Hispanic burials, along with keepers (pictured), obsidian, and the remains of dogs.

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