Mammoth bones believed to be found at Oregon State football site
Construction workers excavating land for an expansion project at Oregon State’s football stadium dug up what is believed to be the bone of an animal from the Ice Age.
Yes, they dug up what is believed to be a bone from a mammoth.
“We believe we have an intact femur from a mammoth,” OSU spokesman Steve Clark said Tuesday afternoon via the Corvallis Gazette-Times. “There also appear to be bones from other species, including possibly a bison and a camel.”
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Oregon State announced plans to expand and renovate their football center back in late 2014. The project includes expanding the football team’s locker room, equipment room and sports training facility.
The bones, which were found by the workers on Monday, are at the site of the future locker room. An OSU professor reportedly believes the bones are at least 10,000 years old.
According to the Gazette-Times, Clark said the university is treating the area as a paleontological site and has closed off public access to the area to keep it from being disturbed. Students and professors apparently have been excited to explore and investigate the area since the findings.
Despite the presence of the bones, the project will not be stopped; no human artifacts were found, meaning the land is not under protection by Oregon law.
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