Mammoth bones unearthed on Oregon State football field
In this Jan. 26, 2016 photo provided by Oregon State University, Woodburn High School science teacher Dave Ellingson holds part of the pelvis of a mammoth found at an OSU construction site by a football field in Corvallis, Ore. (Theresa Hogue / Oregon State University)
The Associated Press
Published Thursday, January 28, 2016 7:35AM EST
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Construction workers have unearthed the bones of a mammoth and other ice age mammals on the Oregon State University football field.
The Oregonian reports 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 says the 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 says sick animals often went to a body of water to die.
Davis says the find isn't unusual since thousands of mammoths and other long-gone creatures once roamed the surrounding Willamette Valley.
Construction work has been moved elsewhere while experts examine the bones.