The journey of a 17,000-year-old woolly mammoth

Some 17,000 years ago a male woolly mammoth, gaunt and weak from a winter of starvation, perished on Alaska’s North Slope, a mountainous, coastal region within the Arctic Circle.

Now, scientists studying the mammoth’s remains have been able to recreate its astonishing lifetime journey through isotopic analysis of its gargantuan tusks, revealing that the creature was prolifically mobile: in its 28 years of life, the mammoth covered enough of Alaska’s ranging wilds to circle the Earth twice over.

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