Research on chemicals in ivory reveals ‘life history’ of ancient elephants

  • Paul Rincon
  • Editor sains, BBC News website

Image source, Science Photo Library

Scientists have analyzed the chemicals stored in the tusks of a woolly mammoth to find out how far it walked during its lifetime.

Recent research by an international team published in the scientific journal Science shows that the ancient elephant from the Ice Age traveled the equivalent of circling the Earth twice.

The woolly mammoth is a cousin of the modern elephant. They roamed the northern latitudes during the prehistoric period called the Pleistocene.

Research reveals how extraordinary the mobility of these ancient creatures was.


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