According to a new study, woolly mammoths might have survived in North America longer than we previously thought.
Mammoth DNA reveals that mammoths may have survived longer than we previously thought
A study published in October 2021 already suggested that some mammoths survived on isolated islands until 4,000 years ago.
But the new study is the first to reveal that mammoths survived in mainland North America until 5,000 years ago.
What was the main reason that mammoths went extinct?
The recent discovery about mammoths challenges the belief. Climate change and human hunters did decrease the number of mammoths.
But the new study makes researchers question if mammoth hunting was the main reason the gigantic animals went extinct.
Climate change might make researching DNA difficult in the future
That would be a shame. As the new study shows, there are still new things to be discovered about the giants of the Ice Age, woolly mammoths.