It is hard to imagine that millions of years
ago that Mastodons roamed the landscape around Waco, Texas. Not only have
skeletons of 65,000-year-old Mammoths been excavated in the area; the
skeletal remains of a 10,000 year-old man and child were also found. This
ancient history and more can be shared with family and friends with a visit
the Waco Mammoth Site and Mayborn Museum Complex.
What you may not know is that Waco is one of the most important paleontological sites in the world where researchers gather to study the largest concentration of mammoths to have died from a single event. Relatives of both Woolly Mammoths and Mastodons, Columbian Mammoths most closely resembled modern-day African and Asian elephants. Drawn to the riverbed in what was believed to be a time of severe drought, these enormous creatures were caught in a flash flood and unable to escape the torrential downpour.
During their investigation researches found a moving discovery; both the bull and the matriarch were found holding baby mammoths in their tusks in an effort to save them from the rising waters. Even millions of years ago the love of parents for their child existed. The Waco Mammoth Site present a rare opportunity to stand directly over the skeleton of a Mammoth, which gives each visitor a unique sense of both the scale of the mammoths and the tragedy of the event.
By Melody Schubert