Category: Tech / Sci / April 9, 2013 1:32 PM EDT
Investigators in a small village close to Mexico City have uncovered the remains of an ancient mammoth thought to be over 10,000 years old, officials at the country's National Institute of Anthropology and History reported.
The bones were found in Mexico City's outer borough of Milpa Alpa. Carefully brushing away dirt and debris at the site for the past three weeks, excavators have revealed the massive animal's skull, ribs, legs and protruding tusks.
With just 70% unearthed so far, the astonishing remains are thought to be one of the most complete sets of mammoth bones found in the Mexico basin.
The excavation site lies over 2,000 metres (over 7,000 feet) above sea level, an altitude where mammoths were thought not to have frequented.
experts believes the ancient animal may have strayed in search of food.
The remains were discovered covered in volcanic ash. Experts hypothesize the ill-fated mammoth had suffocated from volcanic fumes after an eruption from the nearby San Miguel Volcano.
Once completely unearthed, the remains will be studied by anthropologists to provide further insight into Mexico's ancient mammoths.
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