May 25, 2012 12:54
In the Mexican state of Queretaro anthropologists discovered the remains of an ancient mammoth, whose age is 10 thousand years. Due to Flood Waters podtopivshim region, the researchers were able to find two tusk length of 1.8 meters, skull fragments and other parts of the skeleton, not yet identified. Now scientists are working at the site, carefully cleaning off dirt and debris.
Archaeologists say a rare find is very important and will help unearth and other ancient remains in the area.
[Fiorelli Finola Lemon archaeologist]
"Some of the fragments in a very bad condition, but there are others in very good. Why is this important? Because it's paleontological remains of mammoth, inhabiting Mexico during the Pleistocene epoch, about 10-15 thousand years ago. And, of course, studies in Mexico are important for different reasons. This is unusual — to find the remains because they are easily damaged or lost, even though we keep a record. "
Experts also point out that it is important to talk to local people about the ancient treasures stored underground.
[Israel Lara Barajas anthropologist]
"We are doing this work for almost three years, trying to inform the local population about the cultural heritage, archeology and paleontology in the state of Queretaro. We were hanging posters with information about the projects of the National Institute of Anthropology and History, telling them what we're working and how we do it, where is, and talk about the findings, whether archaeological or paleontological. "
Specialists of the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico will dry fossils, and then conduct the restoration work. After that the fossils sent to a local museum.