How did the woolly mammoths defend themselves?
Of course, one of the main ways they protected themselves were their tusks. Another way they protected themselves was their body weight. They are very big animals.
Woolly mammoths looked like elephants, except for a few specific differences. 1. Woolly mammoths were covered in thick hair. 2. Woolly mammoths had longer forelimbs than hind legs, which gave them a sloped back. Modern elephants have a horizontal back. 3. Woolly mammoths had much longer, much more curved tusks than modern elephants. 4. Mammoths had far smaller ears than modern elephants.
Woolly mammoths are an extinct species of elephant, often with long curved tusks. In northern regions, a mammoth had a covering of long hair. Mammoths lived during the Pleistocene period from 1.6 million to about 10,000 years ago. Woolly Mammoths are ancestors of modern elephants and belong to the group proboscideans.
Excluding a population of dwarf woolly mammoths on Wrangel Island (which lasted until 3,700 years ago), woolly mammoths became extinct 10,000 years ago. Scientists are not sure what caused the extinction of the woolly mammoths, but they have a few theories. These include climate change at the end of the Ice Age, human induced diseases, human overhunting, or any combination of the above.