Flower loss doomed the mammoths

Studies of ancient animal poop paint a new picture of why woolly mammoths disappeared

By Stephen Ornes, 10:25 AM February 26, 2014

Losing much of their favorite food may have caused woolly mammoths to go extinct, a new study concludes.


Elephant-sized woolly mammoths roamed the upper reaches of North America, Europe and Asia long ago. But these plant-eating giants and other supersized animals largely disappeared by about 10,000 years ago. Researchers now think the mega-mammals might have vanished because they could no longer find enough of the plants, called forbs, on which they had dined. The abundance of these mostly fl...

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