May Be An Imperial or Columbian Mammoth
4:37 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Prehistoric Mammoth Found By Gas Line Construction Crew

Nearly two dozen Oklahoma State University students are helping excavate the remains of a prehistoric mammoth found near Enid.

Columbian Mammoth
Columbian Mammoth
Credit greaterumbrage / flickr.com

The remains were discovered by Access Midstream workers who were installing a high-pressure natural gas line northwest of Enid. The remains are now being moved to a lab on the OSU campus in Stillwater where they're being studied and will be reconstructed.

OSU says researchers believe the mammoth is about 50,000 years old and that it is not a wooly mammoth — but could be an Imperial Mammoth or Columbia Mammoth. The elephant-like beasts roamed the southern Great Plains during prehistoric times.

Students from the geography, geology and zoology departments are helping with the excavation and are expected to assist in reconstructing the remains.

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