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Identification of the world's smallest mini mammoth | Natural History Museum

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Published on May 9, 2012

Throughout evolution when big animals lived on islands they tended to become smaller. Fossil elephant researcher, Victoria Herridge explains how, by following in the footsteps of a pioneering fossil collector, Museum scientists have identified the smallest mammoth ever known. Just over a metre high, the mini mammoth once roamed on the island of Crete. The finding sheds light on the evolution of dwarf mammoths and elephants which once lived on Mediterranean islands.

Read our news story about the discovery:
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/about-us/news/20...

Read our biography of Dorothea Bate:
http://www.nhm.ac.uk/nature-online/sc...

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