Temporal range: Pleistocene – Holocene
The woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius), is a species of mammoth. This animal is known from bones and frozen carcasses from northern North America and northern Eurasia. The best preserved carcasses in Siberia. They are perhaps the most well known species of mammoth.
The woolly mammoth coexisted with early humans, who hunted them. Their bones and tusks were used as tools, and dwellings. Mammoths were also hunted for food. The species disappeared from most of its range at the end of the Pleistocene (10,000 years ago), with a dwarfed race still living on Wrangel Island until about 1700 BC.
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Woolly mammoths were large elephants that lived during the ice ages. Cave paintings of the woolly mammoth have been found in France and Spain. Woolly mammoths are closely related to the Asian Elephant.
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- "Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre - Woolly Mammoth". www.beringia.com. http://www.beringia.com/research/woolly_mammoth.html. Retrieved 2009-03-26.
- Nowak, Ronald M. (1999). Walker's Mammals of the World. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0801857899.