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Michigan Mammoth May Have Been Butchered By Humans 41

Forbes reports that a mammoth recently unearthed in rural Michigan includes evidence that the animal was butchered for food: From the article: A small stone that could potentially be a cutting tool was also found with the mammoth bones. To confirm that this animal was butchered by humans, researchers will examine the bones for cut marks that would indicate people were processing it for meat. A third piece of evidence is the organized way the neck vertebrae of the mammoth were found. "An animal doesn't just come apart naturally leaving a sequence of tightly articulated vertebrae like that," Fisher said, indicating that the animal would have had to have been moved by humans for paleontologists to find the bones laid out in such a fashion.
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Michigan Mammoth May Have Been Butchered By Humans

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  • Could it be? (Score:1, Offtopic)

    by Mr Z ( 6791 )
    Could this be the secret ingredient in Coney sauce?
    • by Mr Z ( 6791 )

      I don't know who modded me down for trying to be funny. Coney dogs are a staple in that neck of the woods. I love 'em. I grew up not too far from there.

  • by Egg Sniper ( 647211 ) on Sunday October 04, 2015 @02:18AM (#50654869)
    Plenty of alternates to be found [google.com].
  • You know what else may have been butchered by humans? The Avatar the last airbender movie!
    But seriously, that evidence is really weak. Why not wait for the analysis of cut marks? That's the really strong indicator. They wrote this way too early and rushed it out...kind of like Avatar.
    • Re:I had to (Score:4, Interesting)

      by RobinH ( 124750 ) on Sunday October 04, 2015 @11:39AM (#50656315) Homepage
      Honestly I find most paleontologist evidence to be really weak. I understand that they have very little to work with, but compared to other branches of science, they sure make very long jumps to conclusions. I suspect a lot of it is the paleontologist (is that the wrong word?) saying something like "this could be a hint that..." and the reporter saying, "scientists discover..."
  • One of those humans was wearing a wristwatch [wikipedia.org]

  • by Anonymous Coward

    The poor mammoth called for backups, but the State Department was too busy wiping servers.

  • by 140Mandak262Jamuna ( 970587 ) on Sunday October 04, 2015 @08:23AM (#50655581) Journal
    A generation before Charles Darwin, Paley explored the question of origin of species. Some of his lines of arguments in favor of divine creation resonate to this day. He was an inspiring figure to Charles Darwin. His argument was: "If you come across a watch in the woods, you would instantly recognize it is not natural, the way components fit together, the purposefulness of the components etc would clearly convince you that it was not a naturally occurring object". This argument is called "Paley's watch" argument.

    In this case the scientists are arguing the way the components of a natural are disassembled the way they are disarticulated shows the evidence of human hand. This is the reverse of Paley's watch, it is hctaw s'yelaP.

    • Darwin was certainly aware of Paley and his interpretation of biological design, but it's also pretty clear that he didn't share Paley's interpretation. Darwin's own description of "Origin" as "one extended argument" is precisely challenging Paley's interpretation of the appearance of design as being the result (per Darwin) of descent-with-inheritance interacting with his mechanism of natural selection, while Paley looked at the same evidence (the appearance of design in biology) and interpreted as supporti
  • So much evidence points to the extinctions of megafauna on several continents by man.

    Meanwhile the aboriginal peoples try to push the myth that they are" safe custodians" of wildlife.

    That is simply bullshit. They have had zero regards for anything other than their own greed.

    And yet, somehow, we still allow illegal hunting and fishing by people, because it is "their heritage".

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