Note: A digitally colored version of the original, available here:
Mammuthus columbi (Falconer, 1857) (Columbian Mammoth)
- Formerly = Mammuthus imperator? (Leidy, 1858)
- Formerly = Mammuthus jeffersonii? (Osborn, 1922)
Pleistocene to Early Holocene
Height: 4 m at the shoulder
A (more) southern relative of the woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius), the Columbian mammoth sadly is also no longer a resident of our home planet. Whether he’s a victim of climate change and/or overhunting by North American “native” humans (Both the mammoths and humans migrated to North America from Asia by crossing the Bering land bridge) remains contested.
Monday, October 19th, 2015