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Mammoth skeleton found in Los Angeles

2009-02-20 10:42:18 GMT2009-02-20 18:42:18 (Beijing Time)  Reuters

The nearly complete skeleton of a massive Colombian mammoth who died during the last ice age has been dug out of a construction site near the La Brea Tar Pits in downtown Los Angeles.

Lab supervisor Shelley Cox.

SOUNDBITE: (English) SHELLEY COX, LAB SUPERVISOR, SAYING:

"We've never found a mammoth skeleton before, and in as good a condition as he is."

The skeleton was found near a treasure trove of fossils that workers stumbled upon while digging the foundation for an underground parking garage.

The mammoth, dubbed "Zed" by researchers at the Page Museum likely died in his late 40s some 40,000 years ago.

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