Strange mammoth skull discovered in California baffles scientists: Experts finds extinct creature has features unlike any of its kind
A unique fossil discovery has baffled scientists as they dig through a California Island looking for clues about human migration and mammoth extinction.
'This mammoth find is extremely rare and of high scientific importance,' Just Wilkins, a paleontologist at The Mammoth Site in South Dakota, said in a statement.
'It appears to have been on the Channel Islands at the nearly same time as humans.'
The man's remains were uncovered in 2006 and is the oldest human skeleton found in North America - it was also discovered on Santa Rosa Island.
The scientists say the skull is not small enough to definitively qualify it as a pygmy mammoth, which stood at about 6 feet tall (1.8 meters), but also not large enough to identify it as a Columbian mammoth, which could measure up to 14 feet (4.3 meters).
'The discovery of this mammoth skull increases the probability that there were at least two migrations of Columbian mammoths to the island—during the most recent ice age 10-30,000 years ago, as well as the previous glacial period that occurred about 150,000 years ago, he said.