Woolly mammoth hair, SEM

Woolly mammoth hair, SEM

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Credit: STEVE GSCHMEISSNER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Woolly mammoth hair. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of a preserved woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) hair. The woolly mammoth was a member of the elephant family, with long curved tusks and a covering of long hair. The coat consisted of long dark guard cells over a fine underwool. The woolly mammoth lived throughout the northern plains. It became extinct around 10,000 years ago at the end of the last ice age, probably due to a combination of climate change, human hunting and disease. Several well preserved carcasses have been found frozen in Siberia and North America.

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