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Exquisitely hand carved woolly mammoth ivory cross

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Exquisitely hand carved woolly mammoth ivory cross

Certified mammoth ivory.

A brief history on the woolly mammoth:

The earliest form of mammoth goes as far back as 55 million years ago. The woolly mammoth was about the same size as modern African elephants where the males reached shoulder heights between 2.7 meters and 3.4 meters and females reached 2.6 meters to 2.9 meters in shoulder heights. The woolly mammoth was well adapted to the cold, and this helped it survive through the last ice age. To survive, it was covered in fur with an outer covering of long guard hairs and a shorter undercoat. It had long, curved tusks which are highly prized today. Its behavior was similar to that of modern elephants, and it used its tusks and trunk for manipulating objects, fighting, and foraging. The diet of the woolly mammoth was mainly grass and sedge and they could live to approximately 60 years old. Its habitat was the mammoth steppe, which stretched across northern Eurasia and North America.

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