The Woolly Mammoth is the first animal that probably
comes to mind, for most of us, when we think of the 'Ice Age.' Marx has done a fine job of capturing this animal, too.
In my humble opinion, the Mammoth is one of Marx's finest figures. It holds up strikingly well, even now (see the photo below
comparing it to the more recent Carnegie model).
This is a representation of the Woolly Mammoth (Mammuthus primogenius), which was
only one of many species of mammoth that existed during the Ice Age. Other species included M. planifrons, the flat-browed
mammoth from India; M. columbi,the Columbia mammoth, from late Pleistocene North America; and M. trogontherii,
the steppe mammoth, from middle Pleistocene central Europe. All in all, mammoths roamed the earth from about 2 million
to 4,000 years ago.
Woolly Mammoth lived from the Pleistocene to the early Holocene Epoch. Unlike the dinos, Woolly
Mammoth co-existed with humans, and was hunted quite frequently by them. Cave paintings of mammoths have been found in France
A mummified mammoth was found in Siberia in 1997. It is currently being studied by scientists,
who are preserving it in an ice cave.
|Carnegie Safari and Marx Mammoths:
Scientific Name: Mammuthus
Length: 9' tall at shoulder
Time Period: Pleistocene
Epoch/Early Holocene (120,000 - 4,000 years ago)
and North America