Mammoth effort to survive for millennia

14/05/2018 Posted by admin

A new study shows that mammoths lived for 6000 years later than first believed.PARIS – Woolly mammoths survived in Britain until 14,000 years ago, about 6000 years longer than previously thought, according to a new study. The study should settle a raging debate over the extinction of mammoths in Europe, unleashed when fossils from an adult male and four youngsters were found in the central English county of Shropshire in 1986. Conventional wisdom has held that mammoths died out in north-western Europe some 21,000 years ago during a deep freeze called “the last glacial maximum”. But the new research, published in Britain’s Geological Journal, proves that the giant tuskers of prehistory hung on for at least another six millennia.
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