Mammoth Bones Discovered at Reser Stadium on Oregon State CampusStephanie Stanton (Author) Published Date : Jan 27, 2016 20:32 IST
Mammoth bones that date back up to 10,000 years ago to the end of our last ice age were found at Reser Stadium in Oregon.
Reser Stadium on the campus of Oregon State University might be home to the beloved Beavers today, but mammoths called the area home thousands of years ago.
A massive femur as well as a number of other bones from a mammoth were discovered on Monday in the north end zone of the stadium during renovations that was taking place, said the university in a prepared news release.
Scientists believed the mammoth died over 10,000 years ago, when the area where the stadium is located was just a marsh or a bog.
Animals often searched for a body of water when they were sick as a place for them to die, so it would not be unusual to find bones in a group like this, said a prepared release, by the anthropology department at Oregon State.
The release said that all they types of animals called this area home back during that period.
Along with the huge mammoth bones, crews carrying out the construction discovered bones of at least one bison, along with those of a camel or horse.
One camel type known as camelops, at one time roamed the western area of North America until the completion of the Ice Age just over 10,000 years ago.
An anthropologist said that the animals were not hunted or killed, as not evidence exists of human activity at that time at that site.
The plan is to use the just discovered bones in different classes at the school as well as studying the soil where the bones were found.
He called the situation a great learning experience for students at OSU, as they can learn ways to identify animal bones from extinct animals.
Mammoth Bones Discovered at Reser Stadium on Oregon State Campus