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The life and evolution of the Woolly Mammoth

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An almost-complete skeleton of a woolly mammoth was found in an ancient Roman excavation site about 19 miles outside of Paris. It’s thought to be between 100,000 to 200,000 years old. 

“‘Evidence this clear has never been found before, at least in France,’ said Gregory Bayle, chief archaeologist at the site. ‘We’re working on the theory that Neanderthal men came across the carcass and cut off bits of meat.'”

Above, the BBC natural history show Wild New World shares a clip of what Woolly Mammoth life might have been like.

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Below, in a 2008 clip from BBC Studios, scientists dive further into what traits woolly mammoths required to adapt to the freezing cold temperatures of the Ice Age: 

Related reading: List of mammoth specimens.

Watch this next: Woolly mammoth remains discovered in a Michigan field.

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