Paleontologists working on an island off the coast of California’s Ventura County have discovered a strange mammoth skull that exhibits features never seen before in the extinct elephantine creatures. Not too big and not too small, this skull could represent a transitional species.
Author Ben Mezrich is no stranger to finding a cool story and seeing it become a movie. He wrote the books that got turned into The Social Network and 21, and now his upcoming work has already been picked up by Hollywood. It’s about the potential return of the woolly mammoth.
The year of the woolly mammoth lumbers on with the revelation of a 40,000-year-old skeleton plucked piece by piece from waters off the east coast of England.
Scientists have long wondered why woolly mammoths became extinct. We've delved into such possibilities as inbreeding, climate change, human hunting, and an asteroid impact. None of these solutions have proven particularly satisfying — mostly because, as a new study suggests, no single cause can be attributed to their…
Rarely do researchers encounter a woolly mammoth that is as perfectly preserved as the one you see here; recently discovered entombed in the arctic steppes of Siberia, the juvenile mammoth (which has been named "Yuka") has been so well protected throughout the millenia that its foot pads and hair are still intact.…
Woolly mammoths were breastfed for far, far longer than any of their modern counterparts, sometimes going three years before eating solid food. This ancient parenting choice might ultimately have driven mammoths to extinction.