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The wooly mammoth The Woolly Mammoth was a species of elephant that lived from about 25 million years ago until as recently as 10000 years ago It lived primarily in areas that were very cold and during the last ice age that would have been most of the entire planet They were found in Asia Europe and North and South America In appearance they resembled todays elephants with the exception of having larger tusks and were covered with fur Their height ranged anywhere from 8 to 14 feet tall Woolly Mammoths are one of the few animals from that have been discovered in tact and allowed scientists to study them up close In light of recent data about their way of life they probably had a lifespan was comparable to todays African elephant which is about 50-60 years Given the conditions that they lived in the average life span could have been shorter most of the specimens that were found have been younger animals with the majority under ten years of age They had a long coat of fur that had two layers to it The first layer kept the animal protected from the elements much like a windbreaker and the second layer which was closer to the skin kept the animals body temperature constant The two combined layers of fur allowed for maximum heating of the animal even in extreme conditions They ate a lot of the same types of things that modern elephants eat things such as leaves roots and any other types of vegetation that they could find It is assumed that during the time of the great snowdrifts they used their trunks to move snow and ice to get vegetation below No one knows why they died out possibly it was their inability to deal with the extreme temperature changes after the end of the last ice age or it may have simply been something
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