(UnitedVoice.com) – It’s pretty cool any time archeologists find the remains of prehistoric animals. When researchers unearthed the skeletons of woolly mammoths in the UK it was even more special. That’s because they didn’t just find the bones of one animal — they found five.
Throughout 2019 and 2020, archeologists dug up what they called a “mammoth graveyard” in the town of Swindon. A group of workers actually discovered the site in 2017 when experts from a company called DigVentures found a Neanderthal hand axe. The crew of diggers found legs, tusks, ribs and other bones belonging to one infant, two adults, and two child mammoths. The fossils were all at least 200,000 years old.
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In addition to the mammoths, archeologists also found Neanderthal tools used to clean fresh animal hides. The scientists have not examined the fossils yet to see whether the tools were used on the bones or if it was just a coincidence. Beetle wings, brown bears, plant fossils and other animal fossils were found as well.
DigVentures Co-founder Lisa Westcott Wilkins said finding a woolly mammoth is already pretty remarkable, but discovering multiple remains that are well-preserved along with Neanderthal tools “is exceptional.”
Woolly mammoths are an extinct relative of the elephant. They are thought to have died during the last Ice Age.
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