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Two friends discover rare Colombian Mammoths

Two friends, Paul Barron and Eddie Bufkin found a large Mammoth bone while looking for arrowheads and fossils nears the Bosque river in Texas. The two were not sure at first what the bone came from. Beacuse of this, they took the bones to Strecker Museum at Baylor universtiy where they were identified as Mamothus Columbli, or the Columbian Mammoth. Soon later, excavation at the site began.

In the first few years of the excavation, 1978 to 1990, about 16 Columbian mammoths were found. Between 1990 and 1997, six more Columbian mammoths were found. From then to about 2009, thirty-one years of excavation, twenty-four Columbian Mammoths, a Camelot ( Western Camel ), and a tooth of a saber- toothed cat were discovered.

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Columbian Mammoth

Mammothus Columbi, or the Columbian Mammoth is a type of mammoth that lived primarly in the southern United States between ten thousand to one million years ago. The Columbian Mammoth was primarly a herbivore that ate the tall Texas grasses as well as conifers when necessary.The Columbian Mammoth also has very poor eyesight. Because of this, the mammoths tend to be around Camelots who have great eyesight.

Effect on Ecosystem

When the Columbian Mammoths went extinct, we know that they played a critical role in the evironment and without them there will be a massive lost. When they first died, large carniverous animals would have began to have trouble finding food and grass would began to grow taller because nonthing was eating it. After a while, the meat eating animals will began to decline as they compete for food and die. Over time the meat eating animals either turned into omnivores or died out completely eventually having their place taken by another animal in the future.