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Mammoths: Glossary

E

extinct
no longer existing

F

fossil
hardened remains, an impression or a trace of prehistoric animal or plant life that have been preserved for thousands of years in the Earth's crust

G

geology
scientific study of the earth's composition, physical properties, history, and structure

I

Ice Age
see Pleistocene
in-situ
in place, where it is found

M

migration
to move from one region to another

P

Pleistocene
The period in the earth's history from about one million years ago until about 10,000 years ago. During the Pleistocene or Ice Age, the earth's climate was colder and much of the earth was covered with ice
paleontology
a branch of biology that studies plant and animal fossils

T

tusk
teeth that extend from an animal's mouth

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