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Mammoths, saber-toothed cats, and other giant mammals show up everywhere in popular culture. Many familiar animals possessed unusual traits during the Ice Age (hair on elephants?) or lived in unusual places (giant armadillos in Texas?). The main interest is that they were big. An eight-foot-long beaver—that’s impressive!
Why would the woolly mammoth and many other mammals even want to live in northern Siberia? What would they eat in the snowy tundra? As if the mystery isn’t deep enough, it appears that although they lived well for a time, they suddenly went extinct along with dozens of other large mammals and birds.
One of the most common giant sloths known from North America is Megalonyx jeffersonii. Fossils of this extinct animal are found all over the continent in sedimentary deposits formed just prior to and during the Ice Age that occurred after Noah’s Flood.
Natural Trap Cave preserves a treasure trove of animals from the Ice Age until the 1970s.
When you think “sloth,” you usually think of the slow-moving, tree-hanging creatures from South America. But not all sloths lived in trees.
Varieties of fossilized mastodons, mammoths, and other elephants are widely distributed across North America and around the world.
What happened to the woolly mammoths? It’s a whodunit (or, rather, a “what-done-it”) mystery of extinction that rivals the question of what did in the dinosaurs.
Lyuba, a deceased baby woolly mammoth, has left frosty Siberia for a world tour.
The frozen remains of a baby mammoth discovered in 2007 are stirring up talk—especially because the mammoth is “remarkably preserved.”
Mapping the genetic code of the wooly mammoth has opened the possibility of bringing one back to life.
The genetic code of the woolly mammoth has finally been (mostly) mapped, and the question on (almost) everyone’s mind is: can we bring one back?
The woolly mammoths have puzzled scientists for hundreds of years, but Ice Age researcher, Mike Oard, has proposed a radical solution in the latest issue of TJ.
A mammoth in an Egyptian painting? Surely not—haven’t we been told in textbooks that mammoths definitely died out some 9,500 years ago?
It was once held that mammoths and mastodons became extinct 30,000 to 40,000 years ago.
Two Russian scientists have found the remains of a group of woolly mammoths, on an island off northeastern Siberia, which give radiocarbon ages of less than 4,000 years.