The Last Woolly Mammoths Still Roamed this Remote Island During the Age of the Pyramids

Woolly Mammoths lived alongside humans during the Ice Age.  As the snows melted across Europe and Asia, civilizations began to pop up in China, the Middle East and Egypt and the woolly mammoth faded into legend.

But did you know that this giant cousin of the elephant actually lived in remote islands well into the age of the pyramids?

In fact, the last mammoths survived until 1650 BC, according to carbon dating. Their last known home was Wrangel Island, a desolate patch of land in the sea between Russia and Alaska.

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Wrangel Island is about 125 km (78 mi) wide and 7,600 km2 (2,900 sq mi) in area. Its top elevation is 1,096 m (3,596 ft) at Sovetskaya Mountain. As you can see, Wrangel can connect with the Russian landmass via ice covered seas.

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The landscape is a barren tundra although this works as a breeding ground for polar bears (having the highest density of dens in the world), seals and walrus groups.

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About 500 to 1000 mammoths lived on the island during the final days. These beasts had been isolated from the mainland for 6000 years.  Now they only remain in museums.

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