The bones of an extinct mammoth were discovered in the north end zone of the Oregon State football stadium during expansion construction.
A large femur bone from the mammoth was discovered by construction crews during the Valley Football Center expansion project of Reser Stadium, according to OregonLive.
“Our archaeologist believes this could have been the location of a pond, a watering hole for these animals, or a place where they came to die,” OSU spokesman Steve Clark told OregonLive. (RELATED: Dinosaurs Wiped Out By Asteroid Impact That Turned Earth Into A ‘Hellish’ Place)
Oregon State associate professor of anthropology Loren Davis was called into to assess the discovery and Davis was impressed by the fact that some bones were in great conditions.
“There are quite a few bones, and dozens of pieces. Some of the bones are not in very good shape, but some are actually quite well preserved,” he explained. (RELATED: Fearsome Predator That Roamed Earth Before The Dinosaurs Discovered)
Human bones weren’t found which is a good thing for the Oregon State football team because then the site would have been protected by Oregon law. However, it’s unlikely the Oregon football team will rush the excavation process.
Fans of the Oregon State Beavers likely won’t see many touchdowns this upcoming year, but at least they discovered one awesome thing in the end zone.