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The Wooly Mammoth

Mammuthus  primigenius

The Wooly Mammoth lived in cold climates and had a thick layer of fat for insulation, and an exterior of long black hair. It was smaller than most mammoths, and had a hump of fat behind its domed head. It fed on low tundra vegetation in which it scraped away snow and ice from with its ivory tusks. Several well preserved remains have been found in Siberia and Alaska and cave paintings in Spain and France show depictions of the Wooly Mammoth as seen by early humans. Mammoths most likely died out from a combination of changing climate, hunting pressure from humans, and probably disease.