When did the woolly mammoths live?
Woolly mammoths lived from about 2 million years ago to 9,000 years ago, during the last Ice Age (called the Pleistocene Epoch), and are now extinct. The Ice Age took place millions of years after the dinosaurs became extinct. Mammoths were elephant-like animals that were herbivores, or plant eaters. They ranged in size from about 9 feet (2.7 meters) tall to more than 15 feet (4.5 meters) tall, and had long, dense hair and underfur, large ears, a long nose, and long tusks. Both the males and the females had tusks, which were really incisor teeth. Some species had tusks that were straight, and others had tusks that were curved. Sometimes reaching 17 feet (5.2 meters) in length, the tusks were used in mating rituals, for protection and self-defense, and for digging in the snow for food. Modern-day Indian elephants are related to woolly mammoths.