The woolly mammoth is known from hundreds of skeletons, tusks, and teeth, and frozen carcasses of both adults and babies. The first woolly mammoth was scientifically named in 1799, but at this time it was placed in the same genus as the modern Asian elephant. It was eventually given a new genus name in 1828 – Mammuthus. Many types of mammoth have been named since then, but only one species, Mammuthus primigenius, goes by the common name of woolly mammoth.
The most famous baby woolly mammoth in the world is nicknamed Lyuba. This baby female died 42,000 years ago when it was just one month old. It was discovered in 2007 in the frozen tundra of Siberia and is the best-preserved woolly mammoth known. The amazingly complete body of Lyuba, and other baby mammoths preserved just like it, includes the soft tissues, organs, skin and hair. However, the remains Lubya’s last meal are even preserved in her stomach. This shows that she enjoyed a diet of milk from her mother.
Baby woolly mammoths lived with their parents in huge herds that roamed across northern Europe and Asia from 400,000 years ago onwards. Later woolly mammoth populations coexisted alongside early humans, who hunted them for meat and fur. This may have contributed to the extinction of the woolly mammoth from its mainland range 10,000 years ago.
Baby woolly mammoths did not have long tusks because these grew later in life. The woolly mammoth had several adaptations for living in the cold, and these were present in babies too. In addition to its insulating fur, it had a layer of fat, relatively small ears and a short tail to avoid losing heat and to help stop frostbite.
Some of the best-known woolly mammoths are babies, and some complete examples have been stunningly preserved in ice. The 42,000-year-old baby nicknamed Lyuba is the most complete woolly mammoth in the world, and even has the remains of its last meal preserved inside the stomach. Woolly mammoth babies lived with their parents in large herds that migrated across northern Europe and Asia.
Scientific Name: Mammuthus primigenius
Characteristics: The baby woolly mammoth lacks the giant curved tusks present in adults. However, it shares with its parents a coat of red-brown hair all over its body. It also walked on four short legs. Newborn baby mammoths were no more than two feet tall.
Size and Color: This woolly mammoth baby model is 3.5 inches long and 2.5 inches high. It is colored in natural shades of red-brown.
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