BEACON TRANSCRIPT – A routine renovation of a local stadium in Oregon revealed that there is more to the field than the player’s hopes and dreams. While digging to consolidate the foundation, a couple of workers unearthed several wooly mammoth bones. The wooly mammoth bones found in Oregon are thought to be over 10.000 years old.
While renovating the stadium at the Oregon State University, the constructors literally stumbled upon several massive bones. According to the team of anthropologists who came in to see this discovery, the massive bones belonged to a wooly mammoth.
Along with skull fragments, the constructors also discovered a massive femur and other types of the bone fragment which, according to the anthropologists are thought to belong to camels and bison.
Loren Davis, who is an associate professor, made a few statement regarding this marvelous discovery. According to Davis, while some of the bone fragmented were damaged, others were preserved in perfect condition.
Recent research has uncovered that the area surrounding the stadium used to be a bog or even a marsh back when wooly mammoths roamed the earth. Also, the researchers working on the case have pointed out that is it highly possible that the bone fragments discovered under the stadium might belong to a mammoth with a death wish, so to say.
It seems that when mammoths were stricken by sickness, they sought the comfort of a welcoming stretch of water in order to die.
The wooly mammoth bones found in Oregon prompted researchers to take a closer look at the digging site. According to the testimonies of these working on the construction site, while digging for the foundation, the workers found a massive femur belonging to a wooly mammoth and several bones belonging to camels and to bison.
The wooly mammoth or the Mammuthus primigenius is considered to be a species of mammoth. According to the researchers, this majestic beast lived during the Pleistocene era. Other measurements have determined that unlike the other members of the mammoth family, the wooly mammoth was smaller. In fact, it would seem that the bygone elephant was no bigger than a modern Asian elephant.
Using bone fragments, recovered from various digging sites, anthropologists have managed to determine the actual size of the beast. According to their estimations, a fully-grown wooly mammoth male would have reached a height of 3.4 meters and weighed about tons. Female wooly mammoths had a total height of 2.9 meters and weighed no more than 3 tons.
The bones recovered from the digging site in Oregon may help paleontologists gain more knowledge on these gentle giants.