Woolly Mammoth Fossils

Mammoth fossils are currently a bit of a controversial subject in some circles. As you may know, Woolly Mammoths died out a few thousand years ago – some have become fossilised, some have been frozen in permafrost since that time!

There are a few issues with selling Mammoth Ivory, which I have done my best to sum up and mitigate.

Many of the frozen mammoths are locked in Siberian permafrost, which is now melting. Along with scientific advancements, this has also led to criminal and black market activity related to recovering Mammoth pieces – tusks, ivory fragments, teeth, and hair.

There are then those who argue that Mammoth Ivory sales encourage the illegal Elephant Ivory trade – and it seems possible that the sale of Mammoth Ivory may be banned or highly regulated in the near future.

I personally disagree – I would argue that millennia-dead Ivory would be a good substitute if the poachers could be tricked or convinced to use it instead.

However, given the issues in Russia with black market activity, I have opted to only sell Mammoth fossils from within the UK. We have a considerable amount of Ivory, tusks, teeth, and bones in our fossil deposits and these do wash up on the coastlines of the Wash sometimes. It does, unfortunately, mean I will not be selling any Mammoth hair – but I can’t verify where it comes from.

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Information about Woolly Mammoth Fossils


 

I’m sure most of you have some idea what a woolly Mammoth was.

The scientific name for the woolly Mammoth is “Mammuthus Primigenius”, from the genus “Mammuthus”.

There were other members of the genus, including “Mammuthus meridionalis”, “Mammuthus trogontherii”, “Mammuthus columbi”, “Mammuthus rumanus”, “Mammuthus africanavus”, and “Mammuthus subplanifrons”.

Each adapted differently, based on its surroundings and the time it lived.

 

However, you might be wondering what they have to do with this website…

Well – we don’t just sell gemstones, minerals, and fossils, but curiosities, too.

Of course, the best Mammoth pieces are the purview of museums and collections, but there are many small pieces that are available to the small time collector.

Bone and teeth fragments are relatively commonly found in some parts of the UK, and preserved hair can be recovered from the Siberian perma-frost, and parts of Alaska.

Speaking of the Siberian ice, the thawing of these ancient Mammoths may potentially pose an interesting solution to a more modern problem. Elephant ivory poaching is a huge issue which has been pushing the species towards extinction, with a huge demand in Asian countries for Ivory, particularly China.

As Mammoth Ivory is from an extinct species already, it may prove to be a more ethical source for an industry that has unfortunately proven they will go to any lengths for the material.

However, there is always the possibility of it going the other way – Mammoth Ivory being sold may encourage the ivory trade and lead to more poaching. Some have said the Mammoth ivory trade should be banned too, others suggest this would only lead to criminals conducting the trades.

We take ethical sourcing of materials very seriously, and as such, any and all pieces of Mammoth Ivory we sell are bought from a UK wholesaler, and were originally found in the UK. We do not import Mammoth ivory at all; only hair, which is found in Siberian or Alaskan permafrost and thawed.

 

 

Locales

Woolly mammoths were relatively widespread, for such as large animal. The remains have primarily been found in Europe and America, but there are some finds across Asia and the rest of North America.

Some of the most important finds have been in Alaska or Siberia, where frozen Mammoth carcasses have been discovered; a unique insight into the past.

 

 

Translations


 

Arabic ماموث صوفي Hausa Russian Шерстистый мамонт
Bengali ম্যামথ Hungarian Gyapjas mamut Spanish Mamut lanudo
Burmese Italian Mammut lanoso Swahili
Chinese 猛犸象
猛獁象
Japanese ウーリーマンモス
マンモス
Swedish
Czech Javanese Tamil கம்பளி யானை
Dutch Wolharige mammoet Korean 털매머드 Telugu మముత్
Esperanto Malay വൂളി മാമത്ത് Thai ช้างแมมมอธ
Farsi ماموت پشمالو Marathi Ukrainian Мамут найвеличніший
French Mammouth laineux Polish Mamut włochaty Urdu
German Wollhaarmammut Portuguese Mamute-lanoso Vietnamese Voi ma mút
Greek μαλλιαρό μαμούθ Punjabi
Gujurati Romanian Mamut lânos

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External links and further reading


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammoth

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woolly_mammoth