Remarkable 200,000 Year Old Mammoth And Bison Fossils Discovered

Posted: Sep 7 2015, 5:15pm CDT | by , in News | Latest Science News


Remarkable 200,000 Years Old Mammoth and Bison Fossils Discovered
Courtesy of Cornerstone Communities

The fossils date back to the Ice Age or Pleistoncene Epoch and include a bison skull and skeleton as well as bones of Colombian mammoths, horses and turtles.

A construction company crew has recently discovered several bones of ancient mammoths and a prehistoric bison while working on a site in Carlsbad, California. The fossil pieces supposedly date back to Pleistoncene Epoch or ice age and could be anywhere between 50,000 to 200,000 years old. 

Cornerstone Communities Construction, which is assigned to build hundreds of new homes at Carlsbad, found the remains in July. The remains include a bison skull and its partial skeleton as well as the bones of Columbian mammoths, horses and turtles.

The fossils had been taken to San Diego Museum of Natural History after careful excavation. They will be displayed there on a temporary basis.

“It’s really an exciting project in terms of the geology and paleontology,” said Tom Demere, a curator of the Museum. “The fossils have the potential to tell us a great deal about the climate, the environment and the ecology of that time when they were living.”

The construction company was grading more than 60 acres between College Boulevard and El Camino Real when they recovered the fossils. 

“The bison fossil, which includes a skull and partial skeleton, is the most unusual and probably the most complete of larger animals found at the project side.” Demere said. “These are big animals, much larger than modern plains bison.”

The exact species is not identified yet but it could be either a giant bison or an antique bison.

This is the second bison fossil ever found in San Diego. Three years ago, an eight feet tall and two ton weighted bison fossil was unearthed during construction near Pala.

The fossils discovered at Carlsbad also include at least two Columbian mammoths which are mostly known as woolly mammoths. They are found in northern latitudes of North America and can be up to 13 feet tall and weigh 8 to 10 tons. 

The grading on the area is expected to continue for the next two months and Demere suggests that there may be more fossils at the site. Meantime, paleontologists are closely working with the company throughout their grading operation, so they can remove the valuable deposit and place it safely. 

Source: Cornetstone Communities Facebook

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