The Tragic End of the Woolly Mammoth

The Ice Age giant’s last stand on Wrangel Island

Prateek Dasgupta
Teatime History
Published in
9 min readFeb 14, 2024

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Representation of the Woolly Mammoth at the Royal BC Museum. Image source: Wikimedia

Four thousand years ago, when Pharaohs built the magnificent pyramids at Giza, the last remaining woolly mammoth died on Wrangel Island. Roughly the size of Crete, the island is in the Arctic Ocean, near the Russia-U.S. border. The majestic creature had lost its sense of smell. It had shrunk in size. Its iconic hair no…

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Prateek Dasgupta
Teatime History

Top writer in History, Science, Art, Food, and Culture. Interested in lost civilizations and human evolution. Contact: prateekdasgupta@gmail.com