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Ice age bones found beneath end zone at Reser Stadium

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One of the bones found beneath OSU's football field (Photo: KPTV) One of the bones found beneath OSU's football field (Photo: KPTV)
OSU professor Loren Davis (right) presents bones found under the school's football field (Photo: KPTV) OSU professor Loren Davis (right) presents bones found under the school's football field (Photo: KPTV)
Reser Stadium (Photo: KPTV) Reser Stadium (Photo: KPTV)
CORVALLIS, OR (KPTV) -

Oregon State University is calling it the Mammoth's final touchdown after the bones of ice age mammals were found beneath the school's football field.

The discovery was made on Monday, as crews worked to expand the Valley Football Center.

A large femur bone, believed to be from a mammoth, was found and scientists say it could be at least 10,000 years old.

OSU Anthropology Professor Loren Davis and other experts were called in to take a closer look. Within the same 10-foot plot, they found more bones from several other ice age species, including bison and some kind of camel or horse.

Professor Davis said the area where the football field now sits may have once been a bog or marsh that animals used as a watering site.

He also said the Willamette Valley was home to many different kinds of interesting creatures during the ice age.

"We've got lions and tigers have been discovered in Oregon. There's a giant ground sloth, 9 to 12 to 15 feet long."

Some further testing is needed to determine exactly how old the bones are. It's unclear exactly how they died and there's no evidence of humans at the site.

The stadium construction project is still on track to be completed by the start of this season. 

At this point, the school believes they have found all the bones that were in this deposit.

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