The mammoth had probably been killed by people, who then settled America
Japanese scientists have determined the approximate age of the woolly mammoth. found on Kotelny Island in summer 2019. Presumably, the animal was killed by immigrants from Asia during the period of North America settlement 21 thousand years ago. The animal is very important in understanding the phenomenon of the American continent settlement, Yakutia 24 TV channel reports with the reference to TASS.
“Jikey University of Japan, a division of Tokyo University, made an analysis. They found a huge number of cuts on almost all ribs, many traces of human exposure, the mammoth was killed and cut. The world hasn’t found such a clear evidence of the man having killed the mammoth yet,” said Albert Protopopov, head of the Mammoth Fauna Department of the Academy of Sciences of Yakutia.
According to the scientist, the mammoth was “simply finished off”, there were traces of blows from the spear and chips from the dart on it. He added that “accurate dating” was done.
“We will also conduct checking, cross dating, as is customary, so that there is high reliability. We are going to make traceological studies of all traces on the mammoth, and we have now contacted the best Russian traceologists and archaeologists. We will conduct a molecular genetic study of the mammoth. Now we are sending samples to Sweden and the USA,” the scientist noted.
Next, scientists will conduct a cultural analysis of artifacts. According to the scientist, this is a very interesting time period.
“The settlement of North America by immigrants from Asia too place exactly at that time. And this mammoth seemed to be just on the route of this relocation. It is possible that the mammoth was killed and butchered by those people who then settled America. It was proved that these were stone tools, and now a very serious work is to start,” Albert Protopopov noted.