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Prehistoric animals deposit discovered

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INAH, Hidalgo, April 02, 2009. National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) archaeologists conducted the rescue of 150 Prehistoric animals’ osseous fragments in a tepetate (caliche or hardpan) mine located in Villa de Tezontepec municipality, in Hidalgo. Preliminary studies indicate the rests would correspond to horse’s ancestors.

Archaeologist Alfonso Torres, researcher at Hidalgo INAH Center, informed that it is a paleontological fauna deposit located by the middle of March 2009, where jaws and hoofs of ancient horses, probably from the Equus genus, as well as vertebrae fragments and ribs of unknown animals were found. “Apparently the rests correspond to horses and other species we have not identified until we finish the complete recovery and detailed analysis. We have an agreement with the Hidalgo State Autonomous University to conduct the studies”, he explained.

The finding occurred when mine workers extracted stone 6 feet underground. When they discovered the bones, INAH was notified and the area was cordoned off, beginning the first archaeological salvage tasks. Alfonso Torres detailed that rescue has taken place until now in the 8 square meters area discovered by workers, which has been divided in 4 extraction zones that measure 140 by 170 centimeters each.

“We conducted a first bone recollection of tinny fragments located at the surface, but there are more remains 5 meters under the mine level. We don’t know yet if those bones are articulated or not”, commented the INAH researcher. Archaeologist Torres remarked that the finding was not product of the Arco Norte highway excavation: “the bone deposit was located in the mine that provides material for the road construction, one kilometer away.”

Besides of cordoning off the area, Villa de Tezontepec municipal authorities keep vigilance to protect the vestiges.

“Rescued remains would be analyzed by a biologist and a paleontologist to establish the zoological species and to determine how to assure the best conservation state,” concluded the archaeologist.

Source: INAH


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