Interesting facts about mammoths are a great way to learn more about extinct animals. They once inhabited our planet for a long time, but none of their representatives has survived to this day. Nevertheless, in many museums you can see skeletons and stuffed animals of these giant animals.
So, here are the most interesting facts about mammoths.
27 interesting facts about mammoths
- Archaeological findings indicate that mammoths reached a height of over 5 m, weighing 14-15 tons.
- Throughout the world, mammoths became extinct more than 7 thousand years ago, but on the Russian island of Wrangel their dwarf subspecies existed about 4000 years ago.
- Curiously, mammoths were twice the size of African elephants (see The Heaviest Animal In The World), which are now considered the largest non-terrestrial animals.
- In Siberia and Alaska there are frequent cases of mammoth corpses preserved in excellent condition due to staying in permafrost.
- Scientists claim that mammoths represent modified Asian elephants.
- In contrast to the elephant, the mammoth had less long legs, smaller ears and long hair, which allowed it to survive in harsh conditions.
- It is an interesting fact that since dinosaurs became extinct, it was mammoths that were the largest creatures on earth.
- Our ancient ancestors hunted mammoths not only for meat but also for skins and bones.
- When hunting mammoths, people dug deep traps carefully covered with branches and leaves. Once an animal was in the hole, it could not get out.
- Did you know that the mammoth had a hump on its back that accumulated fat? Because of this, the mammoths were able to survive times of famine.
- The Russian word “mammoth” found its way into many European languages, including English.
- Mammoths had two powerful tusks that reached 4 m in length.
- During the life of the mammals changed their teeth (see interesting facts about teeth) up to 6 times.
- Today, various jewelry, caskets, scallops, statuettes and other products are legally made from mammoth tusks.
- In 2019, the extraction and export of mammoth remains in Yakutia was estimated from 2 to 4 billion rubles.
- Experts suggest that warm wool and fat reserves allowed the mammoth to survive at -50 ⁰С.
- In the northern regions of our planet, where there is permafrost, archaeologists still find mammoths. Thanks to the low temperatures, animal remains are preserved in excellent condition.
- In scientific documents dating back to the 18th and 19th centuries, there are records that say that the dogs of researchers repeatedly ate the meat and bones of mammoths.
- When mammoths lacked food, they began to consume tree bark.
- Ancient people depicted mammoths on rocks more often than any other animals.
- It is an interesting fact that the weight of one mammoth tusk reached 100 kg.
- It is believed that mammoths consumed half as much food as modern elephants.
- A mammoth tusk is more durable than an elephant’s tusk.
- Today, scientists are working to restore the mammoth population. At the moment, they are actively researching the DNA of the animals.
- In Magadan and Salekhard there are mammoth monuments made in life-size.
- Mammoths are not solitary animals. It is believed that they lived in small groups of 5-15 animals.
- Around the same time as mammoths, mastodons also became extinct. They also had tusks and a trunk, but they were much smaller in size.
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