World s smallest mammoth lived on Crete

Museum scientists have identified the smallest mammoth ever known. Just over a metre high, it once lived on the island of Crete. Throughout evolution when big animals lived on islands they tended to become smaller.

World s smallest mammoth lived on Crete



Island of Crete from space

The finding sheds light on the evolution of dwarf mammoths and elephants which once lived on Mediterranean islands. Fossil elephant researcher, Victoria Herridge explains how:

These findings could help as to find out how giant animals can shrink to tiny sizes over evolutionary time.



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