Archaeologists have unearthed a large pile of bones scattered throughout a 1.5 km long volcanic cave in the Umm Jirzan region of Saudi Arabia.
Hundreds of thousands of animal bones, including humans, have been found in the cave, which was formed by lava flows from volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. The researchers said the bones had been collected by donkeys for about 7,000 years.
The pile contains the bones of many animals, including cattle, camels, horses, rodents, and hybrids, as well as the remains of human skulls.
Archaeologists have unearthed 1,917 bones and teeth in a cave, some of which date back to about 439 to 6,839 years when radiocarbon dating. Scientists have concluded that the bones were collected primarily by donkeys, after examining the bones found here with cuts and scratches.
Of these, it is important to note that these bone piles also contain the bones of donkeys. Researchers also say that the fossils, which were found in the Umm Jirzan area, could help us understand the prehistoric times of ancient Arabia. Archaeological excavations have uncovered piles of bone collected by hyenas in the Umm Jirson area.
It is noteworthy that another such bone collection pile was previously found in 1942 in the Komin cave in the Serbsko Klum area of the Czech Republic.
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