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OSU discovers bones likely from a mammoth under Reser Stadium



An expansion of Oregon State University’s Valley Football Center led to a finding of colossal bones, likely from a mammoth, the university announced Tuesday.

A worker digging up the north end zone of Reser Stadium for the Valley Football Center project stopped working when they saw the femur of the bone, Tim Sissel, general contractor for the project, said to OSU.

“Animals who were sick would often go to a body of water and die there, so it’s not unusual to find a group of bones like this,” Loren Davis, OSU associate professor of anthropology, said to OSU. “We had all of these types of animals in the Willamette Valley back then.”

Davis was called in to the site after the discovery. There will be further testing conducted to see if any human bones are on the site, but there currently are no traces of such remains.


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Olivia Decklar is a videographer for the Daily Emerald. You can catch her listening to Hamilton the Musical at full volume any day of the week.