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Remains of butchered mastodon found in Tennessee

12,000-year-old Mastodon bones bearing evidence of ancient butchering marks have been found in Franklin, Tennessee.

State archaeologists say discoveries unearthed in 2010 at a long-studied archaeological site known as Coats-Hines in Cool Springs reveal it to be one of only a few sites that show early man in this area hunted and ate “megafauna,” a term describing very large animals.

Scientists confirm finding three and possibly four mastodons — large elephant-like creatures with tusks — at the site, with one mastodon, known as Mastodon B, having “unequivocal association” with human activity in the form of butchering marks.

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Story: Kevin Walters, The Tennessean | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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