Remains of a woolly mammoth and woolly rhino found near Fenstanton
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The remains of a woolly mammoth and a woolly rhino have been discovered evacuating the new A14 Huntingdon to Cambridge roads project.
The remains, dating back to the last ice age, were found near Fenstanton whilst experts were clearing the site.
The finds are believed to be at least 130,000 years old and were found by what was once an ancient river.
Woolly mammoths were around 13ft tall and weighed around six tonnes, according to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
Although it is believed that woolly mammoths are only ice age creatures that died out 10,000 years ago, a tiny population on Wrangel Island, off the coast of Siberia, is understood to have survived until about 4,000 years ago, outliving their mainland cousins.
The latest discoveries will be sent to specialists in London for further study – according to Highways England, which is managing to project, scheduled for completion by the end of 2020
To find out more about the A14 Huntingdon to Cambridge project visit: www.highwaysengland.co.uk/a14-cambridge-to-huntingdon-improvement-scheme-home.