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Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by Macsjebs(m): 11:09am On Mar 17
British scientists examining a site in Russia have dated the bones to 20,000 years ago, when Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers lived in the harsh environment

Mysterious bone circles made from the remains of dozens of mammoths could help explain how man survived temperatures of minus 20 in the last Ice Age.

British scientists examining a site in Russia have dated the bones to 20,000 years ago, when Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers lived in the harsh environment.

As well as the majority of mammoth bones, reindeer, horse, bear, wolf, red fox and arctic fox bones were also found.

About 70 of these structures are known to exist in Ukraine and the west Russian Plain, but this is the oldest and the latest to be analysed.

Researchers from the University of Exeter said the bones were likely sourced from animal graveyards but might not have been 'lived in' as previously thought.

They identified 51 lower jaws and 64 individual mammoth skulls which were used to construct the walls of the 30ft by 30ft structure and scattered across its interior of the site, 500 kilometres south of Moscow.

The new analysis also uncovered for the first time the remains of charred wood and other soft non-woody plant remains within the circular structure.

This shows that people were burning wood as well as bones for fuel and the communities who lived there had learned where to forage for edible plants.

These plants could also have been used for poisons, medicines, string or fabric with more than 50 small charred seeds indicating local plants were cooked and eaten.

Dr Alexander Pryor, who led the study, said: "The site, Kostenki 11, represents a rare example of Palaeolithic hunter-gatherers living on in this harsh environment.

"What might have brought ancient hunter gatherers to this site? 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."

The last ice age, which swept northern Europe between 75-18,000 years ago, reached its coldest and most severe stage at around 23-18,000 years ago, just as the site at Kostenki 11 was being built.

Climate reconstructions indicate at the time summers were short and cool and winters were long and cold, with temperatures around -20 degrees Celsius or colder.

Most communities left the region, likely because of lack of prey to hunt and plant resources they depended upon for survival.

Eventually the bone circles were also abandoned as the climate continued to get colder and more inhospitable.

Previously archaeologists have assumed that the circular mammoth bone structures were used as dwellings, occupied for many months at a time.

The new study suggests this may not always have been the case as the intensity of activity at Kostenki 11 appears less than would be expected from a long term base camp site.

Other finds include more than 300 tiny stone and flint chips just a few millimetres in size, debris left behind the site's inhabitants as they knapped stone nodules into sharp tools with distinctive shapes used for tasks such as butchering animals and scraping hides.

The research, conducted by academics from the University of Exeter, University of Cambridge, Kostenki State Museum Preserve, University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Southampton, is published in the journal Antiquity.
source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/science/mysterious-mammoth-bone-circles-could-21701377

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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by Blakjewelry(m): 11:15am On Mar 17
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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by Kadejo(m): 8:12pm On Mar 17
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Second to comment!

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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by martyns303(m): 8:12pm On Mar 17
We will survive again

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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by mosope123(m): 8:12pm On Mar 17
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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by Jacqueline22(f): 8:12pm On Mar 17
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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by sammuell(m): 8:12pm On Mar 17
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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by uchman46(m): 8:12pm On Mar 17
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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by Topestbilly(m): 8:12pm On Mar 17
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Why y'all scientists are trying to kill us nah?

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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by Ebukax(f): 8:12pm On Mar 17
Science is life
Science is a way of life
Science is religion
Science is belief
Science is all n all

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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by bluefilm: 8:12pm On Mar 17
Nice.
Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by phr0nesis(m): 8:13pm On Mar 17
Food for atheists
Served hot

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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by franchasng: 8:13pm On Mar 17
Hmmmm
Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by AkeNathan: 8:13pm On Mar 17
How reliable is this carbon dating

20,000 years is no small time

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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by KmniAutos(m): 8:13pm On Mar 17
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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by kiddkash(m): 8:13pm On Mar 17
it has been a while since we heard from that dead Bat & cat griller.
see meat he could have used
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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by Iceiscold: 8:13pm On Mar 17
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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by Sampam911: 8:13pm On Mar 17
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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by JayPeeOham(m): 8:14pm On Mar 17
Is this is the valley of dry bones that was talked about in the Bible....? angry shocked



Where is Prophet Elijah o? sad shocked

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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by NaijadrivaCars: 8:14pm On Mar 17
Sampam911:
How will dis story help to find d cure for corona virus....

Are you from Koronu Ibadan? E get why tongue

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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by Melison(m): 8:15pm On Mar 17
Ebukax:
Science is life
Science is a way of life
Science is religion
Science is belief
Science is all n all
Science bring corona etc not to take anything away from u but science has caused its fair share of troubles too

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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by iammo(m): 8:15pm On Mar 17
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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by Humphrizy(m): 8:15pm On Mar 17
Ndi science eeh...Unkle Ezekiel...are these the dry bones wey you talk say go rise again? undecided

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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by sylve11: 8:16pm On Mar 17
The scientist does not study nature because it is useful to do so. He studies it because he takes pleasure in it, and he takes pleasure in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and life would not be worth living.... Henri Poincare cool

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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by Khan2013(m): 8:16pm On Mar 17
But apparently earth is only 6,000 years old.

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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by Vatod: 8:16pm On Mar 17
Okay
Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by GrandMufti: 8:16pm On Mar 17
Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by Osasnidas(m): 8:16pm On Mar 17
JayPeeOham:
Is this is the valley of dry bones that was talked about in the Bible....? angry shocked



Where is Prophet Elijah o? sad shocked

Prophet Ezekiel grin grin grin

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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by Kolisky(m): 8:16pm On Mar 17
All these carbon datings self.....


Well, I will not say what's on my mind shaaa grin grin grin

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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by free2ryhme: 8:17pm On Mar 17
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Re: Mysterious Mammoth Bone Circles Could Explain How Man Survived The Last Ice Age by Sonnobax15(m): 8:17pm On Mar 17
grin When you hear the names of british universities,body go dey sweet you to go school...unlike the ones we've here..."university of delta state,oleh"....oleh wey mean thief 4 yoruba language...

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