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Museo Paleontológico Tocuila (Paleontological Museum of Tocuila)

In 1996 in Tocuila, a small town just outside Mexico City, called Tocuila, a team of workmen building a cistern system made a mammoth discovery. They had dug just shy of 10 feet into the ground when gargantuan bones began to protrude from the dirt.

Shocked by this unexpected find, the workers contacted local authorities, who in turn got in touch with archeologists and paleontologists from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History. The scientists excavated the site and determined the bones belonged to seven Columbian mammoths that had lived approximately 10,000 to 12,000 years ago.


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