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Mammoth ivory sculptures. Female figures carved from tusks of the woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius). The woolly mammoth was a large, elephant-like mammal with a thick, hairy coat. The tusks of the male woolly mammoth reached 3 metres in length. It lived on the steppes of Siberia and in much of Europe up until about 10,000 years ago. Woolly mammoths died out as Eurasia warmed up at the end of the last ice age and forests spread across the steppes. These figures, which date from the Palaeolithic period (500,000-10,000BC), were found during an archaeological excavation in the village of Kostenki in the Rostov region of Russia.
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