Archaeologists discovered about 60 mammoth skeleton in northern Mexico City (Mexico).
The site is located near a mammoth pit pit discovered in 2019 with more than 10 elephant skeletons found. They are located in the same area of what used to be a shallow Xaltocan lake, which seems to be a mammoth food warehouse.
The Mexican Institute of Anthropology and History was overwhelmed by the findings in this area.
"There are hundreds of skeletons here," said archaeologist Pedro Sánchez Nava, of the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History.
Excavations here will continue until the airport project is completed in 2022.
Dozens of new skeletons were unearthed in Mexico City. (Photo: AP)
According to Fox News, most newly discovered mammoths are likely to die from being trapped by mud in a lake or being hunted by other animals.
During an excavation in October 2019, archaeologists discovered two man-made pits that could be used to trap mammoths and other animals. Mr. Nava believes that humans can also use natural mud holes to trap animals,
"They may have chased them into the mud," Nava said, adding that the ancient people were more likely to have assigned work to carve mammoth meat.
The large number of mammoths discovered in the area could change scientists' views about how often mammoths appear in our ancestral "menus".
"We used to think it was sporadic. It could actually be part of their daily diet , " he added.
The new discovery also provides scientists with a rare opportunity to study the cause of the elephant's decline around 10,000 years ago. Human hunting as well as inbreeding was once thought to be a major cause of extinction.