Mammoth fossil protection

Mammoth fossil protection

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Caption: Mammoth fossil protection. Palaeontologist applying a plaster cast to part of the fossilised skeleton of a mammoth. This plaster cast will protect the fossils during transportation. Mammoths were relatives of the elephant that lived in Eurasia and North America until the end of the last ice age, around 10,000 years ago. Some specimens have been extremely well preserved in ice, and much is known of their life history and diet. It is not yet known whether their extinction was caused primarily by the warming of the climate or by over-hunting by primitive humans.

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Keywords: animal, animals, bone, bones, fossil mammoth, mammoth, mammoths, palaeontological, palaeontologists, palaeontology, paleontology, plaster cast, protection, protective, skeleton

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