More about mammoths : Behavior

Did Mammoths Migrate?

Since groups of elephants often combine to make large herds, it is thought that mammoth family groups probably did the same. We don’t know if they migrated each year, but it makes sense that a herd of mammoths would migrate during certain seasons to find more food.

What's the evidence?

Scientists can tell what mammoths have eaten by looking at the chemicals in their teeth. They found that the chemicals did not change very much, which makes us think that their diet did not change very much from season to season. That would mean that mammoths did not move very far in their lifetimes. If they did migrate annually, it was for a short distance, less than 400 miles.

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