Inbreeding and Bad Weather Caused Woolly Mammoth Extinction

March 25, 2014 4:18 PM

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Inbreeding and Bad Weather Caused Woolly Mammoth Extinction

Woolly mammoths went extinct thousands of years ago because of problems associated with inbreeding and very poor weather conditions, researchers have discovered.

Published in the open access journal PeerJ, researchers from Rotterdam Museum of Natural History and the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden discovered woolly mammoths from the North Sea possessed a 'cervical' rib, or neck rib.

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