BEACON TRANSCRIPT– It seems that new discoveries keep messing with our chronological view of human history; for example newly discovered mammoth fossils suggest humans existed earlier.
Regardless of how hard scientists and historians try to pinpoint to the exact time when certain being ceased to exist and others were just given birth, the Earth still has many things to be uncovered.
Researchers recently discovered the remains of a large mammoth which they believe died from hunting wounds. The fossils were found in the northern part of Russia, in Siberia at the Kara Sea site and it is estimated that the animal lived approximately 45,000 years ago.
After a thorough analysis of the mammoth’s fossils, scientists concluded that the animal was stabbed and then butchered. This proves that humans existed back then, as the death of the mammoth was clearly provoked by a human being.
So far, it was believed that humans were present in the Arctic beginning with 40,000 years ago, but the discovery of the mammoth’s remains contradicts past theories and suggests that humans have lived in that area, for far longer, at least 5,000 years before.
Also dating from that period of time, it’s a wolf bone the researchers have previously found. The wolf’s fossil also suggests signs of human hunting. Therefore, human presence in the Arctic is sure to have existed earlier than 45,000 years ago.
However, there are scientists who do not agree with the researchers’ findings and conclusions. The mammoth’s fossil still presented its fat hump. According to archaeologist Robert Park, hunters were expected to take the fat for food and fuel for fire. Therefore, it is unlikely that a human hunted and provoked the death of the giant animal.
It is only natural that a human living in Arctic conditions would be able to hunt down a mammoth and feed from its fat and flesh. However, the fossils showed too few signs of butchering so as to support the theory of humans living in the Arctic over 45,000 years ago.
All in all, whether humans have lived back then or not, I still believe that the discovery of a giant mammoth that lived so long ago it is quite amazing and maybe further research would help uncover the secret behind the animal’s death.
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