Mammoths found at airport under construction north of Mexico City


Mammoths found at airport under construction north of Mexico City.

Archaeologists have found the remains of more than 60 mammoths near Mexico City, at a site where a new airport for the Mexican capital is under construction, local media reports say.

Nearly all the bones belonged to a species known as the Columbian mammoth, Pedro Francisco Sanchez Nava from the National Institute of Anthropology and History told the daily Excelsior.

They were thought to be more than 35,000 years old.

About 30 experts are searching for remains at the construction site of the new Felipe Angeles International Airport, about 50 kilometres north-east of Mexico City, where the Santa Lucia air force base is being converted into civilian use.

In December, Mexican anthropologists found two human-built pits dug 15,000 years ago to trap mammoths in the area that was formerly submerged under the Xaltocan Lake.

Other remains have also been discovered beneath the airport site, including those of bison, camels, horses and tombs with human bones.

The newly discovered mammoth bones were found in the area where the airport will have its control tower and runways.

The new airport is to serve low cost and regional airlines and is part of a government plan to ease congestion at Mexico’s main international airport. The discoveries were not expected to slow the construction down.


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