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How Did Human Ancestors Survive The Ice Age? Insights From Mammoth Bone Circles

Students of evolution and archeology may be seeing new answers as to how the human ancestors survived the last ice age as the discovery of a mysterious mammoth bones circles confound and thrill scientists.


The site, located in Moscow, Russia, contains giant bones from nothing less than a dozen mammoths. Researchers have found such sites in many other places including Ukraine and Russia’s western regions.


According to research analysts, the bones were up to 20,000 years old. They included about 51 lower jaws and 64 individual mammoth skulls as well as reindeer, horse, bear, wolf, red fox and arctic fox bones.


They were used to construct walls that measured up to 30ft by 30ft. Also, some of the bones were scattered inside as well. Other discoveries led to interesting conclusions and speculations.


For example, it was the first time that researchers would find such things as; charred wood and other soft non-woody plant remains within the structure. This led to the conclusion that those that had built the site were burning wood and bones as fuel.

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Dr Alexander Pryor, who had led the study, further explained:


“Kostenki 11 represents a rare example of Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers living on in this harsh environment.”


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Phone: Independent.


Thus, he suggested that those hunter-gatherers living during the Palaeolithic or Old Stone Age had actually devised a means to survive. Also, the site, named Kostenki 11 after the modern village of Kostenki near Moscow, was a good location. Why? Pryor cleared the air in his other explanations:


“One possibility is that the mammoths and humans could have come to the area en masse because it had a natural spring that would have provided unfrozen liquid water throughout the winter – rare in this period of extreme cold.


“These finds shed new light on the purpose of these mysterious sites. Archaeology is showing us more about how our ancestors survived in this desperately cold and hostile environment at the climax of the last Ice Age.


“Most other places at similar latitudes in Europe had been abandoned by this time, but these groups had managed to adapt to find food, shelter and water.”


In truth, this find is phenomenal as it gives insight into how early humans survived the last ice age.


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