Woolly mammoths interbred with other mammoths

Published on May 31st, 2011 | by Admin


A new study has revealed that woolly mammoths cavorted with Columbian mammoths, breeding hybrids of the two.

“Living African elephant species hybridize where their ranges overlap, with the bigger species out-competing the smaller for mates. This results in mitochondrial genomes from the smaller species showing up in populations of the larger. Since woollies and Columbians overlapped in time and space, it’s not unlikely that they engaged in similar behaviour and left a similar signal,” Said Enk.

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Story: Times Live | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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