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New evidence points to a dual conspiracy of climate change factors and hunting activities by early man that to drove the woolly mammoth to extinction between 4,000 and 10,000 years ago.
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The woolly mammoth died out suddenly and without a loss of genetic variation, all but ruling out climate change and inbreeding as possible causes of their extinction.
Scientists have recently unearthed the fossilized remains of four woolly mammoths in a southern province of Spain, lending support to theories that the last great Ice Age reached much further south than paleontologists had previously thought.
According to new radiocarbon dating evidence, woolly mammoths lived in Britain as recently as 14,000 years ago.
Woolly mammoths' last stand before extinction in Siberia wasn't made by natives - rather, the beasts had American roots, researchers have discovered. Woolly mammoths once roamed the Earth for more than a half-million years, ranging from Europe to Asia to North America.
Climate change and human development played key roles in the eventual extinction of ancient woolly mammoths, according to a Spanish study released in the journal PLoS Biology on Tuesday.
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