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Prehistoric stream concerning Columbian Mammoths discovered in Lake County, Oregon, may disclose indications of ancient family dynamics. A recent excavation by a team from the University Of Oregon Museum Of Natural and Cultural History, the Bureau of Land Management and the University of Louisiana, revealed the track way consisting of 117 footprints to depict a number of adults, juvenile and infant mammoths.

Founded by Museum of Natural and Cultural History paleontologist Greg Retallack during a 2014 class field trip on fossils at the UO, the Ice age passage is the center of attention of a recent study recurring online ahead of print in the journal Paleogeography, Paleoclimatology, Paleoecology.

Retallack ventured back to the site with the study’s coauthors, involving UO science librarian Dean Walton, in 2017. The team got to the crux of a 20 footprint track going back to 43,000 years ago, and displayed some interesting features.

Retaliate, also a professor in the UO Department of Earth Sciences and the study’s lead author said that these prints were principally close together and the imprint of the right was more prominent than the left one signifying that the adult mammoth was limping. However, the study unfolded that the limping animal was not the sole survivor. Two combinations of smaller footprints apparently seem to be proceeding towards and withdrawing from the limper’s path.

Retallack said that these juveniles might have been reaching out to the injured adult female, approaching her frequently throughout the passage potentially out of apprehension towards her measured development. Such behavior is also witnessed in injured adults in modern matriarchal herds of African elephants.