Farmer finds 15,000-year-old woolly mammoth remains in Michigan field

James Bristle and a friend were digging in his southern Michigan soybean field when they unearthed what looked like a bent fence post, caked with mud. Instead, it was part of a pelvis from an ancient woolly mammoth that lived up to 15,000 years ago.

A team of paleontologists from the University of Michigan and an excavator recovered about 20% of the animal’s skeleton this week in Washtenaw County’s Lima Township. Aside from the pelvis, they found the skull and two tusks, along with numerous vertebrae, ribs and both shoulder blades.

“We think that humans were here and may have butchered and stashed the meat so that they could come back later for it,” Daniel Fisher, the scientist who led the dig, said Friday.

Bones of hunted mammoth show early human presence in Arctic

NEW YORK (AP) – The remains of a mammoth that was hunted down about 45,000 years ago have revealed the earliest known evidence of humans in the Arctic.

Marks on the bones, found in far northern Russia, indicate the creature was stabbed and butchered. The tip of a tusk was damaged in a way that suggests human activity, perhaps to make ivory tools.

With a minimal age estimate of 45,000 years, the discovery extends the record of human presence in the Arctic by at least about 5,000 years.

The site in Siberia, near the Kara Sea, is also by far the northernmost sign of human presence in Eurasia before 40,000 years ago, Vladimir Pitulko of the Russian Academy of Science in St. Petersburg and co-authors reported in a paper released Thursday by the journal Science. Read more.


Michigan farmer finds mammoth bones beneath soybean field; donates fossils to local Museum.

“Although it’s been buried for thousands of years, the partial skeleton of a woolly mammoth discovered this week in Lima Township shows that the animal probably ended up on a Native American’s dinner plate.

“It’s too early to tell how it died but the skeleton showed signs of butchering,” said Professor Dan Fisher of the Museum of Paleontology at the University of Michigan.”

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Things about H.I.V.E. Academy that I’m still not over:
  • The fact that there are implied to be established theories of villainy. Is this a scholarly field? Do they publish journals and have academic conferences?
  • Jinx, Mammoth and Gizmo’s friendship. How did that happen? In fact, how do social groups in general form in a school like that? Is it based on personality, like at a normal school, by evil villain plans, or some combination of the two?
  • They have dances.
  • It is, in fact, a higher level school of villainy, with lower-level schools like Doomway Prep that teach small children how to be villains.
  • Just the whole concept in general.

When do the H.I.V.E. Academy students get a spinoff??