A normal construction site just turned into the after turf for giant prehistoric creatures. Fossils from the Ice Age, scientifically referred to as the Pleistocene Epoch were discovered on a 60-acre site in Carlsbad, CA and have been found to be between 50,000- to 200,000-years-old. The fossils discovered reportedly are the skeletal remains of prehistoric horses, mammoths, bison, and turtles. This marks the second time this year that fossils were found on a construction site.
In July of this year, similar fossils were discovered in San Diego on a construction site for Cornerstone Communities, according to Fox News. The discovery halted construction and led to a full project in the area in which scientists, specifically geologists and paleontologists, were brought in to canvas the area and study the fossils for evidence of how animals react to climate change. Reportedly, scientists plan to use the fossils of the Ice Age animals, to find ways for animals, including humans, to adapt to climate change today. Recently, curator of paleontology at the San Diego Natural History Museum, Tom Demere, was invited to the project site and asserted his outlook on the discovery.
“It’s really an exciting project in terms of geology and paleontology. The fossils have the potential to tell us a great deal about the climate, the environment, the ecology of that time when they were living…They are direct connections with the past, an ancient ecosystem that was once common here. We can understand how climates can change by studying these ancient ecosystems.”
The intriguing part of the discovery, according to scientists involved with the project, is the massive structure of prehistoric animals. The bison in particular was found to be significant larger than bison found in the world today. Astounded by the bison discovery and the almost complete skeletal remains including the head, the bison Ice Age fossils have already been put on display in the San Diego Natural History Museum. Demere recently made a statement on the colossal animal structures.
“These are big animals, much larger than modern plains bison.”
The Ice Age construction site has become one of the many odd fossil discoveries in history. As Cornerstone Communities prepares to continue their grading of the land for development, scientists anticipate even more fossils being discovered on the history rich construction site. These fossils will then be sent for testing to contribute to future climate change research.
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