Extinction

Why Did The Woolly Mammoth Go Extinct?

The pyramids were already 1,000 years old when the last mammoth went extinct. On a geological time scale, that's like 30 minutes ago. But even though it happened so recently, all of our current models don't fully explain the giant beasts' extinction. A changing climate and human overhunting each certainly played a role, but even taken together they don't seem to account for an extinction at this scale. New evidence has suggested some other factors that may have been in play, and even newer research suggests that just because the mammoth is extinct today, that doesn't mean it has to be that way forever. Scroll down for more.

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Written By Curiosity Staff May 12, 2017