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Wednesday, December 11, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Mammoth bones unearthed on Oregon State football field

Associated Press

PORTLAND – Construction workers have unearthed the bones of a mammoth and other ice age mammals on the Oregon State University football field.

The Oregonian reported crews working on an expansion around Reser Stadium found a femur from one of the ancient elephants and bones from a bison and camel, all dating back 10,000 years.

A spokesman said an OSU archaeologist believes the 10-foot pit where the remains were found could have been a pond or watering hole.

OSU associate professor of anthropology Loren Davis said sick animals often went to a body of water to die.

The find isn’t unusual since thousands of mammoths and other long-gone creatures once roamed the surrounding Willamette Valley, Davis said.

Construction work has been moved elsewhere while experts examine the bones.

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