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Mammoth vs. Man
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Mammoth vs. Man

Several mammoth species roamed the planet about three million years ago, but one was the largest beast since the dinosaurs disappeared.

Standing more than 10 feet at the shoulder, this giant posed a huge challenge for early humans hunting for food. Watch to discover what fossils of its teeth tell us today.

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Woolly Mammoths’ Taste for Flowers May Have Been Their Undoing

Woolly Mammoths’ Taste for Flowers May Have Been Their Undoing

Which species took down the other: tiny flowers or giant mammoths? For the answer scientists look to mammoth poop. No joke. More...

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NPR
American Mastodon

American Mastodon

A distant relative of the mammoth, the American mastodon lived about 3.75 million to 11,000 years ago in large areas covered by trees. See the stories fossils reveal about its life and death. More...

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BBC
Creature Features: Mammoths

Creature Features: Mammoths

Extinct elephant ancestors, mammoths lived until some 3,700 years ago, and their disappearance may have several causes. Examine the reasons and the map of their range. More...

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National Geographic
Fishing for Mammoths

Fishing for Mammoths

Fishing for fossils in the North Sea, an expert snares a mammoth’s ivory tusk. Find out why this amazing find isn’t unusual at all. More...

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BBC
Mammoth Mystery

Mammoth Mystery

The discovery of two male mammoth fossils locked in a death grip by their tusks was the rarest of finds. Follow forensic clues for how their deadly battle doomed them. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Mammoth Mystery: Expert Q&A

Mammoth Mystery: Expert Q&A

Vertebrate paleontologist Mike Voorhies has studied fossil skeletons most of his life. Learn about his experience with mammoths and why a trowel is his time machine. More...

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NOVA/PBS
Mammoth vs. Mastodon

Mammoth vs. Mastodon

Both prehistoric elephant ancestors roamed North America, but don’t confuse the two. Delve into their many differences. More...

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Smithsonian
Mastodons and Mammoths

Mastodons and Mammoths

Although they’re similar in many ways, the biggest difference between mastodons and mammoths is their teeth. Take a look at what the tooth shapes say. More...

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Discovery
Prehistoric New York: Mastodons

Prehistoric New York: Mastodons

Clues to the existence of mastodons are found on the streets of modern-day New York City. See what this environment offered them during the ice age some 12,000 years ago. More...

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Discovery
Woolly Mammoth

Woolly Mammoth

Mammoths are an extinct form of elephant. Did you know mammoths had tusks that were 16 feet long? Find out more cool facts! More...

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Sheppard Software
Woolly Mammoth: Secrets from the Ice

Woolly Mammoth: Secrets from the Ice

Their mission: Film a woolly mammoth, a species that’s been extinct for 10,000 years. Find out how filmmakers accomplished this feat in the Siberian permafrost in spite of some challenging situations. More...

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BBC
World’s Smallest Mini Mammoth

World’s Smallest Mini Mammoth

Paleobiologist Victoria Herridge describes a dwarf mammoth that lived on a Greek island three million years ago. Investigate its very short stature and other characteristics. More...

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Natural History Museum, London

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