A research team from the National Parks Service and Bugbee’s Mammoth Site of Hot Springs, S.D., working on the Channel Islands off the coast of California, discovered an intact – and surprisingly small – mammoth skull that they say offers clues both to the evolution of the Ice Age mammal and human migration into North America.
The US Geological Survey analyzed a charcoal sample found near the skull and dated it to 13,000 years old, which places the mammoth and the Arlington man, thought to be the oldest human remains in North America, on the same island at the same time.
“This mammoth find is extremely rare and of high scientific importance. It appears to have been on the Channel Islands at the nearly same time as humans,” said paleontologist Justin Wilkins in a statement. “I have seen a lot of mammoth skulls, and this is one of the best preserved I have ever seen.” READ MORE.