The contrasts between elephants and mammoths will all be covered in this article, along with the reason why elephants have persisted while mammoths have become extinct.
Mammoths are Extinct : Due in significant part to a rapidly changing environment and widespread human hunting, mammoths became extinct roughly 4,000 years ago.Even though all elephant species are in danger, elephants still exist today.
Mammoths had Bigger Tusks : Elephants are lighter than mammoths, which also have far longer tusks. Their tusks, which could reach a length of 16 feet, were longer and more curved than elephant tusks. The largest elephant tusks ever measured 11 feet, 7 inches in length.
Mammoths had Thick Coats : They could withstand cold climates thanks to their thick fur. Some of them even wore two jackets to stay warm during the chilly winters.
Their Habitats were Different : Mammoths have adapted to go outside the warm regions of Africa, Asia, and Europe. Elephants stayed put in these areas, but mammoths ventured as far as North America!
They have Different Body Shapes : Elephants do not have humps on their backs around their shoulders as mammoths have. African elephants have backs that slope downward toward the center, whereas Asian elephants have more rounded backs.
Summary : Mammoths and elephants both descended from a single progenitor. They sought to adjust to a shifting habitat, which caused them to split into several species. Different adjustments performed better than others.