The journey of this female mammoth was long and holds surprises for our knowledge about the species and the climate
The icy places on our planet allow us to better understand the fauna of the time of the great ice ages. Thus, we have been able to see how a worm over 45,000 years old revived when the permafrost retreated, the same as with a giant virus that survived in a state of suspension for 30,000 years. On this occasion, a mammoth tusk It has allowed us to rediscover his life to provide us with important data about the fate of his species and the climatic situation of the planet while he was alive. So, let’s see what information is hidden and why it is so important.
A mammoth that traveled a thousand kilometers
About 14,000 years ago, in present-day Alaska, USA, a hunter-gatherer camp guarded the tusk of a female mammoth like gold. The fact that she arrived at that camp is unfortunately impossible to know, but thanks to the study of her bones it has been possible to analyze the journey that took him to travel nearly a thousand kilometers. The local community has named the tusk Élmayuujey’eh and has been key to rebuilding how these animals lived and how they died.
Specifically, it is an already extinct species known as The original mammothThe extinction of mammoths dates back to around 3,000 BC, a time when the great pyramids were being built in Egypt and very advanced societies existed, that is, it is not a prehistoric animal, but this particular specimen is.
Matthew Wooller, a paleoecologist at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks and one of the authors of the article published in Scientific reportexplains that Élmayuujey’eh was in the high point of his life. The isotopes in her remains indicate that she was well fed and died in the same season that the hunter-gatherer camp was established in the region, so everything indicates that they could have fed on her.
Mammoth tusks have a structure similar to the trunks of a tree, since each layer of the tusk serves to reconstruct the life of the mammoth. In fact, they have allowed us to reconstruct the journey that he carried out on a trip around 1,000 kilometerssince this animal Born in Canada and traveled along with a calf and an “adolescent” mammoth to Alaska. Both were also found in the camp, which suggests that they were related and traveled in a pack.
This provides us with very important information, since it not only explains how mammoths survived over the millennia, but also provides information about the climatic situation of the planet at that time. In this case, it shows that Holocene climate change was causing animals to become retreating to the coldest areas of the planet.
- A mammoth traveled 1,000 kilometers and its remains ended up in a hunter-gatherer camp.
- Its tusks have been found today and have allowed its history to be rewritten.
- He was born in Canada and traveled with his pack throughout North America until reaching Alaska.
- Its remains were found along with a baby mammoth and an “adolescent” mammoth.
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