Human Ingenuity

Though mammoths were an attractive food source, their bodies served other purposes for paleohunters as well. Their bones, tusks, and hides all provided material for making tools of every sort. Bones and hides were used as construction materials for houses, of which entire mobile villages have been found. This is an example of a mammoth bone shelter, shown without its hide coverings:

Mammoth bones were also used as a source of fuel for fires, the charred remains of mammoth bone campfires having been found at several ancient sites. Mammoth tusks were also carved up into spearpoints, knives, and other weapons.

The mighty mammoth, at the hands of human beings, became a wonderfull source of all-purpose material.

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