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Giant new 'graveyard' of dinosaurs and woolly mammoths found 'by accident' in Siberia

By the Siberian Times reporter
09 August 2017

Site identified in Krasnoyarsk region where man 'trapped and killed' mammoths, suspect paleontologists.

Woollly mammoth museum in Yakutsk, Siberia. Picture: The Siberian Times

The necropolis of extinct beasts is potentially one of the biggest in Russia for remains of dinosaurs and woolly mammoths, it is believed. 

Dr Sergey Leschinsky, of Tomsk State University, led an expedition this summer to make a detailed stratigraphic study of the opencast Bolshoy Ilek beside Chulym River.

'They did not expect to find the bones," said a university statement. 'During the study, scientists managed to find remains of large herbivorous  and carnivorous dinosaurs. 

'Above them were geological horizons with the bones of mammoths, woolly rhinos and predators.'  

Giant new dinos and mammoths graveyard


Giant new dinos and mammoths graveyard


Giant new dinos and mammoths graveyard


Giant new dinos and mammoths graveyard


Giant new dinos and mammoths graveyard


Giant new dinos and mammoths graveyard
Sergey Leshchinsky and the newly-discovered site. Picture: TSU, The Siberian Times


Dr Leschinsky said that with the woolly mammoth remains 'almost all the bones are broken. 

'There are no traces of gnawing by predators, so probably it is the result of the actions of prehistoric humans.'

Previously there was little sign of dinosaur bones Mesozoic era at the site, in cliffs on the river. 

'Now we have Mesozoic bones, which we can date as 120 to 100 million years ago.'

Giant new dinos and mammoths graveyard


Giant new dinos and mammoths graveyard


Giant new dinos and mammoths graveyard
Other mammoth 'graveyards' - Mamontovoye and Berelekh - in Siberia. Pictures: TSU, The Siberian Times


The site is seen as similar to the famous Shostakovsky yar necropolis - large dinosaur graveyard in Kemerovo region.

It is one of the largest deposit of dinosaurs and mammoths remains in Russia. 

Scientists plan to continue to examine the Bolshoy Ilek site and seek evidence of man's implements and weapons proving he was behind the woolly mammoth slaughter here. 

A a recently-discovered bone of a 'New Siberian dinosaur' which was as heavy as seven African elephants. Pictures: TSU

Giant new dinos and mammoths graveyard


Giant new dinos and mammoths graveyard


Giant new dinos and mammoths graveyard

Comments (5)

Ah, more bloat and float river born dinosaurs/mammoths. Usually a flood carries them along, where they drown, bloat, then float. If piled up on a sandbar en route or beach at the delta, then covered up rapidly (a lot of material for a dinosaur thickness), then they are often preserved or fossilized. The Rhine river dredges take the ice age bones to the landfill if not deemed useful, as the large majority are not. These are not articulate specimens on almost all cases, rather certain body parts remain. https://www.nps.gov/dino/planyourvisit/quarry-exhibit-hall.htm was one and one that was just swept out to sea and then sank was https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180228131034.htm
Roger Yelton, New York City, US
13/09/2020 02:19
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If they are bones, and not fossils, they must be sealed from exposure to the air soon after being uncovered, or they will rapidly turn to dust. The three levels of clay could have preserved bones, making the site extremely rare and valuable to science, if they are preserved properly. As far as I know, it is the only site in the world where dinosaurs and mammoth are found in one site.
Michael White, Franklin, NC USA
07/01/2020 17:30
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Animals seldom gather in one spot to die. Tsunamis break bones during transport, and deposit the creatures in a hole or basin. Humans need not be involved.

My questions are was a K-T boundary layer with iridium found, either between the dinosaur strata and that of the mammoth, atop the mammoth deposits, or not at all? This could be very important, with significant implications. How deep were the disparate species separated? It looked like a red clay deposit was present, how was it positioned, in relation to the separate bone deposits? Red clay and iridium are usually carried to the seabed by rains. Their presence point more to a mega tsunami, than an impact event.
Michael White, Franklin, NC USA
05/01/2020 18:35
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Your beautiful diverse country has more surprises left to be discovered by your excellent universities Fascinating research is ongoing and reported in to the rest of the world. Thank you for sharing in my language☮️❤️
Patricia Gothard, Laguna Woods CA USA
07/11/2017 21:39
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Great discovery….look forward to more details when you research further
George Petersen, California
09/08/2017 12:15
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