The Littlest Mammoth

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Mr. Nature here–with a prehistoric animal that lasted into historic times: the pygmy mammoth of Wrangel Island. It was still alive when the Egyptians were building the pyramids.

In all respects except size it was a regular woolly mammoth. Wrangel Island is in the Arctic Ocean, just off Siberia. Today it’s frozen. But a few thousand years ago, mammoths lived there. The ground today is littered with tusks and bones.

Islands are funny. Some animals that are small on the mainland grow very large if they’re on an island for many generations. And some that are large on the mainland grow small if they’re confined to an island. Hence the pygmy elephants and hippos, and giant dormice, of various Mediterranean islands.

Think of a mammoth the size of a pony. And marvel at the work of God’s hands.

15 comments on “The Littlest Mammoth

    1. I do not doubt it…adult bones? But sometimes so-called evolutionists have pulled a fast one Re–the Piltdown Man, or gluing moths where they wanted them because the reall ones wouldn’t cooperate!

    2. Piltdown was a great hoax, and they still don’t know who did it.
      But the remains of dwarf elephants have been found on several Mediterranean islands, and dwarf mammoths have also been found on Catalina (where it’s a lot warmer!), so the Wrangel mammoths are in all likelihood legit.
      I’m inclined to accept the dating, c. 2000 B.C., mostly because I see no reason not to. But on the whole, it’s wise to take all prehistoric dating with a large grain of salt.

  1. Pygmy or not, I wouldn’t want to be on the bad side of that critter. Those tusks look lethal. 🙂

  2. A pygmy mammoth … isn’t that an oxymoron like … oh, government efficiency or academic freedom? (Or, as we used to say in the Air Force, military intelligence?) 🙂

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