Story: Extinctions

Mammoth skeleton

Mammoth skeleton

This woolly mammoth was killed in North America about 11,000 years ago. Partly frozen carcasses have been found in northern Siberia. The last remaining population of this species survived on an island in the Arctic Ocean, and became extinct about 1700 BC.

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Richard Holdaway, 'Extinctions - Extinctions in the human era', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 April 2024)

Story by Richard Holdaway, published 24 Sep 2007