Prehistoric Mammoth Trapping

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  1. Fred Gunner

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    Mammoth Pits Shed Insight Into Prehistoric Trapping
    by American Hunter Staff - Monday, December 2, 2019

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    Several wooly mammoth skeletons recently discovered in Tultepec, Mexico, north of Mexico City, provide evidence to suggest that humans were actively trapping the giant mammals some 15,000 years ago.

    Researchers from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History discovered a total of 824 mammoth bones from at least 14 animals, some bearing marks from spear attacks, at the bottom of two pits. It is believed the pits, each roughly 6 feet deep and 25 yards in diameter, were specifically designed to trap the animals, providing evidence of a direct intent by our early ancestors to hunt mammoths, as opposed to the previously held belief that mammoth were hunted passively or seen as a target of opportunity when injured or dying.

    “There was little evidence before that hunters attacked mammoths. It was thought they frightened them into getting stuck in swamps and then waited for them to die,” Luis Córdova Barradas, the leader of the five-man dig team, told reporters. “This is evidence of direct attacks on mammoths.”

    Barradas suspects that at the time the traps were built, the region likely held half a dozen mammoth herds. It is thought that early hunters may have used torches or branches to scare mammoths into the traps before using spears to kill them.

    Bones from other long-extinct animals in the Americas, like the jawbone of a camel and tooth of a horse, were also found in the pits. Additional traps or bones discovered in the ongoing excavation may provide more insight into early hunting strategies.
     

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    I wonder what these early hunters argued about around the camp fire? No push feed/CRF, no bolt/double argument! Maybe they just compared the length of their spears.
     

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    No they argued about whether flint or obsidian Made the best spear heads, was oak or hickory better for the spear shaft. etc
     

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    It’s pretty cool imagining that stuff! I’m sure that they did discuss all that stuff just like we do now.

    I thought the same thing while looking at bushman art, just imagining what they did and saw so long ago
     
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    I’m sure there were purist cavemen that scoffed at the rookie caveman that showed up with his Model 700 ultra spear and told him that you can not kill mammoth with it and it was surely a death sentence should he need to spear from an inverted position.
     

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    Then there was probably the guy who said to just bounce a few big rocks off the mammoth's head in the pit to kill him.
     
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    They probably also argued over which animal hide made better camo and was more quiet moving through the bush.
     
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    Hey Gunner,
    Sorry I derailed your thread! Lol. But this shit is funny. Great article.
     
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    Fred: "Next time Wilma bends over the fire to check if the Mammoth in her Sabertooth Leopard skin toga I'm hitting that!"
    Barney: "Fred it's my turn next!!!"
    Fred: "then I'll do Betty? Ok?"
     

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    Bushmen cave paintings from our June Namibian Hunt
     
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    Some aboriginal drawings from the NT Oz
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    15,000 years ago, there was a huge glacier here. Humans were smart enough to stay away. There's some rock paintings showing moose and smaller deer. Rough estimates suggest that the oldest ones are 7,000 years old
     
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    I think the cavemen died out because they started using Hornady DGX bullets...….:S Sorry:
     
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    LMAO!!!
     

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    And/or comparing their Von Gruff made spearheads!
     
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    I suspect the decision to try and capture a Mammoth in a pit six foot deep roughly coincided with the development of alcohol.
     

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    Awesome!
     
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