The Woolly Mammoth

by Kody Harris

Mammuthus primigenius

The wooly mammoth recently became extinct - the process of extinction began 10,000 years ago.
The modern elephant evolved from the woolly mammoth.
Homo sapiens and other ancient species of human-like primates coexisted with woolly mammoths.
The woolly mammoth was, surprisingly, smaller than the African elephant.

Ten Facts

1. The Woolly Mammoth wasn't the only species of Mammoth...

2. ...and it wasn't the biggest, either.

3. Some Woolly Mammoths had 15-foot-long tusks...

4. ...but their ears were relatively small.

5. Woolly Mammoths were hunted by Homo sapiens.

6. The Woolly Mammoth wasn't the only "woolly" mammal.

7. The last Woolly Mammoths went extinct about 4,000 years ago.

8. Woolly Mammoths were covered with fat as well as fur.

9. Many Woolly Mammoths have been discovered intact in permafrost.

10. It may be possible to clone a Woolly Mammoth.

Evolution of the woolly mammoth - BBC science