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10 Amazing Fun Facts about the Mammoth

This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Amherst chapter.
  1. The word mammoth comes from Russian “mamot”, “mamont” and possibly the Tartar word “mamma” meaning “earth”. Source
  2. Mammoths are medium to large-sized elephants (Maglio 1973) Source
  3. Mammoths and Asian elephants diverged from African elephants about 4 million years ago. (Lister and Sher 2001) Source
  4. They were covered in a thick coat of brown hair to keep them warm in their home on the frigid Arctic plains. They even had fur-lined ears.

    Their large, curved tusks may have been used for fighting. They also may have been used as a digging tool for foraging meals of shrubs, grasses, roots and other small plants from under the snow.   Source#badandboujee

  5. Gathered in large herds for warmth and protection
  6. Family is/was very important #herdlife
  7. Symbolic meanings (Western Culture):   reliability, dignity, power, royalty, pride. Source
  8. Symbolic meanings (Some Asian Cultures:  a cosmic creature and carries the world upon on it’s backSource
  9. Have a tendency to express “advanced sensitivity and social connection” Source
  10. “Elephant’s medicine includes strength, royalty, connection to ancient wisdom, removal of obstacles and barriers, confidence, patience, using education opportunities, commitment, gentleness, communicating in relationships, discernment, intelligence, compassion. If this is your animal guide, these virtues are a part of your natural character.”  Source


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