Mammoth Bones Found at OSU

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Mammoth Bones Found at OSU | The Moran Group

Oregon -- Construction workers excavating the site where the Oregon State University Reser Stadium would expand found some massive bones.

"We believe we have an intact femur from a mammoth," OSU spokesman Steve Clark said.  "There also appears to be bones from other species, including possibly a bison and a camel."

Mark Massari, deputy athetics director, said that the bones were found in the spot that the locker room would be located.  "Maybe the archaeologist can tell you if it's good luck," he added.

An OSU archaeologist removed one large bone from the site on Tuesday.  Additional fragments were removed for archaeology students to sift through.  "They're really giddy because usually when they find these things they have to drive three hours to get to them," said Massari.

An OSU examined the remains and said that they are at least 10,000 years old.  "There are quite a few bones, and dozens of pieces," said Loren Davis, associate professor of anthropology.  "Some of the bones are not in very good shape, but some are actually quite well preserved."

The site is not protected under Oregon Law because the remains and artifacts are not human, so construction can continue.

The bones were found in what was once a bog or marsh.  "Animals who were sick would often go to a body of water and die there, so it's not unusual to find a group of bones like this.  We had all these types of animals in the Willamette Valley back then."  

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