Lupe the Mammoth

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This steel giant marks the place where the remains of a real mammoth were found. In 2005, the exposed tusks of the prehistoric mammal were discovered by a nearby resident (we should probably give the credit to his dog too). San Jose State University was alerted and the remains were carefully excavated. The most complete skeleton ever found, this incredible beast lived and died almost 12,500 years ago. The monument was built to commemorate both the long-dead animal and its discovery. It should be noted that although the reconstructed skeleton is named Lupe not enough of the pelvis was found to make an exact determination of her sex.

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Lupe The Mammoth at Lower Guadelupe River Trail