Ten Questions: Woolly Mammoths
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01. How long ago did woolly mammoths live?
Woolly Mammoths lived from the Pleistocene to the early Holocene epoch. This was about 120,000 to 4,000 years ago.
02. Are there any woolly mammoths alive today?
No, woolly mammoths went extinct when the Ice Age ended 4000 years ago.
03. Why did the woolly mammoths go extinct?
The Woolly Mammoth probably went extinct because it couldn't adapt to the combined pressures of the climatic warming that occurred, together with predation from humans.
04. Are woolly mammoths related to any modern animal?
Woolly mammoths are most closely related to modern elephants, particularly Indian elephants.
05. Did woolly mammoths exist when dinosaurs did?
No, dinosaurs existed from 245 to 65 million years ago. Woolly mammoths came much more recently, only 120,000 years ago. This was millions of years after dinosaurs went extinct.
06. Did woolly mammoths exist at the same time as humans?
Yes, they did! People existed during the time of the woolly mammoths, and are even thought to have hunted them. Cave paintings of the woolly mammoth have been found in France and Spain.
07. Where did woolly mammoths live?
Woolly mammoths lived in the tundras of Asia, Europe, and North America.
08. What did woolly mammoths look like?
Woolly Mammoths had long, dense, dark black hair and underfur, long, curved tusks, a fatty hump, a long proboscis (nose), and large ears. They were about 11.5 feet (3.5 m) long, 9.5 feet (2.9 m) tall at the shoulder and weighed about 3 tons (2.75 tonnes).
09. What did woolly mammoths use those giant tusks for?
Woolly mammoths used their tusks for protection, in interspecies dominance, and for digging in the snow of the ice ages for grass and other food.
10. Which are larger, woolly mammoths, mastodons, or modern day elephants?
Woolly mammoths were the largest. Woolly mammoths were about 9.5-13.1 feet (2.9-4 m) tall at the shoulder. Elephants are second, at about 8-10 feet (2.5-3 m) tall at the shoulder. Mastodons were the smallest, at about 6.5-10 feet (2-3 m) tall at the shoulder.
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