Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Pygmy Mammoths of the Channel Islands

 
   National Park Service
   (Link)
 
   "Found only on the California Channel Islands and nowhere
   else in the world, the pygmy mammoth was probably a small
   form of the Columbian mammoth found on the mainland.
   Pygmy mammoths varied from 4.5 to 7 feet high at the shoulders
   and may have weighed only about 2,000 pounds, compared to the
   14-foot tall, 20,000 pound Columbian mammoth. In other respects,
   they were probably similar, with short fur, a typical mammoth
   body form, and a relatively large head."

    Map showing the location of Sonora, Mexico, South western
    California and the Channel Islands of California.

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