In a new find, subway workers at Los Angeles have discovered a young mammoth ice age fossil during the extension work of a Metro Purple Line subway. As per the reports, the crew, working the extension project over the past three years, had discovered different types of fossilized remains of ice-age era animals. To know more about those bone fossils, they called Ashley Leger, a paleontologist who has been working with a company contracted by Los Angeles’ transportation department. When she and her team members analyzed the collection of fossils, they found out that those bones were of ice-age era creatures that roamed the grasslands and forests that covered the region around 10,000 years ago.
The fossilized remains include a prehistoric rabbit’s jaw, mammoth tusk, teeth of a mastodon, camel foreleg, bison vertebrae, tooth and ankle bone of a horse and a Juvenile Mammoth skull. Among all those discoveries, the one that surprised Ms. Leger was the fossilized skull of the young mammoth skull that had also got its tusk intact. A year ago, when the second phase of the subway extension project was in its initial phase, Ms. Legar got a call from one of her monitors to report at the site to analyze a fossil. When she reached the spot and saw the fossil first hand, she thought it to be a partial elephant skull.
But after 15, hours of painstaking excavation work, she and her teammates unearthed this young intact skull of a young mammoth. According to Leger, finding the juvenile mammoth fossil was an absolute dream comes true for her. Earlier, she had spent almost ten years in the South Dakota mammoth site, but none of her discoveries was even close to the size of the mammoth skull that she discovered recently In Los Angeles. “It’s the one fossil you always want to find in your career, she said. After analyzing the skull, Leger and her team found out that the Columbian mammoth was 8-to-12-years-old.
The young mammoth weighed a few hundred pounds and was almost the size of an easy chair. They named the juvenile mammoth Hayden after the actress Hayden Panettiere. California’s strict environmental laws require scientists, be present certain construction sites. In LA it is almost prerequisite to hire paleontologist at subway digs. Dave Sotero, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority said that Paleontologists have staffed all L.A. subway digs beginning in the 1990s when work started on the city’s inaugural line.
” Fossils are a treasure for the public, and we’ve worked it into our contracts so we can work closely with paleontologists Our crews try to be as mindful as possible to help them do their jobs. We get out of their way,” informed Sotero. He further said that construction workers helped Ms. Leger and her team by delivering the unearthed mammoth skull to the mouth of the site.