Gomphothere, Ancestor Of Modern Elephant, Likely Consumed By Early Humans In North America

July 15, 2014 10:11 AM

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Gomphothere, Ancestor Of Modern Elephant, Likely Consumed By Early Humans In North America

Archaeologists have discovered the pre-historic remains of an elephant-like animal suggesting that the creature, which was believed to have disappeared from North America before the arrival of humans there, actually roamed the region for much longer than previously thought.

The researchers discovered artifacts of the ancient Clovis culture -- the earliest widespread group of hunter-gatherers to inhabit North America -- along with the bones of two gomphotheres, early ancestors of the modern elephant, at an archaeological site in northwestern Sonora in Mexico. The discov...

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