In the midst of excavating for the expansion project to Reser Stadium, Oregon State got more than it bargained for Tuesday, as workers found what are believed to be 10,000-year-old mammoth bones just beneath the surface in Corvallis.
According to the Corvallis Gazette-Times, OSU spokesman Steve Clark revealed the bones may be from more than one animal:
“We believe we have an intact femur from a mammoth,” Clark said. “There also appear to be bones from other species, including possibly a bison and a camel.”
The area of the discovery will be the home to the Beavers’ new football locker room, which begs the question: Are mammoth bones a sign of good or bad fortune?
“Maybe the archaeologist can tell you if it's good luck,” Clark said.
A member of the Elephantidae family, mammoths are believed to have gone extinct about 4,500 years ago. These photos give a good indication of how big this animal would have been during its lifetime: