Published On: Fri, Sep 15th, 2017

Mammoth remains found in Dr. Mora, Guanajuato

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In a farm located in the municipality of Doctor Mora, Guanajuato, 37 miles northeast of San Miguel, remains of what appears to be a mammoth were found, and archaeologists of the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) took part of the skeleton to analyze it.

For now the researchers consider that it is a small mammoth between four and six tons in weight, just the size of an African elephant, however, the study is ongoing and results will be released next Monday September 18.

Archaeologist and coordinator of the Project for Technical and Legal Protection of Archaeological Heritage in the state of Guanajuato, Lidia Iris Rodríguez Rodríguez and her team intervened the area and they considered that there is a high possibility that it could a mammoth.

“The specimen appears to be at least about the size of an African elephant, between six and four tons, because an adult mammoth could weigh as many as eight tons. However, mastodons could weigh up to 11 tons, but they are not so frequently found in Central Mexico.

“There is a large “Megafauna” bank located by geologists in the area south of Dolores and north of San Miguel de Allende, featuring all kinds of different prehistoric animals, not just mammoths.” Rodríguez said.
“So the fact of making this discovery in Doctor Mora could mean that there is a possibility to find more fossils here, therefore, UNAM and INAH scientists will be monitoring the area,” explained the archaeologist.

Circumstantial discovery

The discovery occurred on Friday September 8, at the “Centro Poder Joven”, which is a farm leased by the municipal government, located in the community of La Begoña.

In this building a person was contracted to excavate and place a cistern that would provide drinking water to the youth center.

It was at that moment when the worker noticed a giant bone and as he continued digging he found more remains. At that point, locals reported the discovery to the National Institute of Anthropology and History.




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