A Mysterious 25,000-Year-Old Structure Built of the Bones of 60 Mammoths (Smithsonian)

The remains of the newly discovered structure. (A. E. Dudin)

A jaw-dropping example of Ice Age architecture has been unearthed on Russia’s forest steppe: a huge, circular structure built with the bones of at least 60 woolly mammoths. But exactly why hunter-gatherers enduring the frigid realities of life 25,000 years ago would construct the 40-foot diameter building is a fascinating question. [...] “This project is giving us a real insight into how our human ancestors adapted to climate change, to the harshest parts of the last glacial cycle, and adapted to use the materials that they had around them,” Pryor said. “It’s really a story of survival in the face of adversity.

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