Distribution of Mammoths
The discovery of Lupe provides evidence that mammoths lived in San Jose long ago, at least 14,000 years ago, during what we call the last Ice Age. Mammoth fossils have been found throughout the Bay Area and throughout North America.
There are two kinds of mammoths. Columbian mammoths, like Lupe, are found in the United States and Mexico. Woolly mammoths are found in Canada.
Each new fossil find adds another piece to the puzzle that helps us understand what life was like long ago. Learn more about mammoth fossil sites and what they show about where mammoths lived.
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