Rare steppe mammoth discovered in France

This video from the USA is called PaleoWorld – Mammoths.

From the BBC:

‘Rare’ mammoth skull discovered

By Paul Rincon
Science reporter, BBC News

The “extremely rare” fossilised skull of a steppe mammoth has been unearthed in southern France.

The discovery in the Auvergne region could shed much needed light on the evolution of these mighty beasts.

Many isolated teeth of steppe mammoth have been found, but only a handful of skeletons exist; and in these surviving specimens, the skull is rarely intact.

Palaeontologists Frederic Lacombat and Dick Mol describe this skull specimen as being well preserved.

It belongs to a male steppe mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii) that stood about 3.7m (12ft) tall and lived about 400,000 years ago, during Middle Pleistocene times.

The animal was about 35 years of age when it died, the researchers estimate.

The steppe mammoth is of vital importance for understanding mammoth evolution.

It represents the transitional phase between an ancient species known as the southern mammoth and the more recent woolly mammoth.

But comparatively little is known about this intermediate stage of their evolution.

“This specimen is of extreme importance because we don’t know that much about the Middle Pleistocene,” Mr Mol, from the Museum of Natural History in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, told BBC News. …

Southern mammoth (Mammuthus meridionalis) – lived from 2.6 million years ago to 800,000 years ago, during the Early Pleistocene

Steppe mammoth (Mammuthus trogontherii) – lived from 800,000 years ago to 300,000 years ago, during the Middle Pleistocene

Woolly mammoth ( Mammuthus primigenius) – lived from 300,000 years ago to 2,000 years ago, during the Late Pleistocene and Holocene

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