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 Wooly Mammoth
 
Mammuthus primigenius
Pronounced:  [MAM-eth-us   PRIM-eh-JEN-yes]
 
 
 
Meaning:  From the old Russian word "mammut" for the animals - possibly meaning "earth mole" as they believed the animals to live underground and die on contact with the light (explaining why they were always found dead and half-buried). 

 

This is the project that started the whole Paleo Pets craze.  You can recreate it!

This pattern was published in ScrollSaw Work Shop, Issue 13, Holiday 2003.

As shown above it was cut from 3/4" poplar, with a maple base.  All of the mammoth except the tusk was stained. 

 

It has 33 pieces.  Modifications to the original pattern include a hint from Matt Hoffsuemmer of Benton, IL, for cutting the tusk so it doesn't have a notch (that shows) for the lower trunk.
 
The assembled puzzle can be dismounted for taking apart / reassembly as a puzzle.  To easily remount them, lay a cardboard near the edge of a table, under the assembled puzzle.  Insert the base pegs into the legs and raise the whole thing, using the cardboard behind the pieces.

 

Since you wouldn't want to have the same name on your base, the instructions only tell you the font I used and how to cut the letters.  The pattern is also made so you can cut it from 1/4" or 1/8" Finnish birch (in virtually any size) and frame it instead of mount it on the base.

Partial ' Biography'
 
For most of us no animal more symbolizes the prehistoric north.  Fittingly, the state fossil of Alaska is the Wooly Mammoth. 
 
He was an elephant-like herbivorous (plant-eating) animal that adapted to cold weather by becoming equipped with an exterior of 20" long dense hair in a variety of colors. Under that lies a layer of shorter, finer hair called under wool.

 

Beneath both hair layers is a dark-grey skin and a 3" thick fat layer like whale blubber to further protect him from the cold.  He had a flap of hairy skin which covered the anus, keeping out the cold.  In summers he molted and shed his long outer hair.

 

He was 9'-12' high at the shoulder, smaller than most mammoths, and had a hump of fat behind his domed head.  Despite the mental picture caused by the mammoth name, most mammoth species were only about as large as a modern Asian Elephant. 

 

The mammoth had extremely large, elaborately curved tusks that could be up to 16' long.  They were curved far more than tusks of modern elephants, and had wide varieties of curvature.  Both the males and females had tusks, but the female tusks were smaller.  The undersides of the tusks show wear, because they were used to scrape snow and ice off vegetation.  

 

Many believed mankind drove Mammoths to extinction.  But many species became extinct in just a couple of thousand years in N. America alone, about the same time as the Wooly Mammoth.  The camel, mastodon, giant ground sloth, llama, giant beaver, giant peccary, glyptodont, woodland muskox and cheetah all began to die out about 12,000 years ago. 

 

Mammoths were gone by 9,000 years ago and all the rest were extinct by 7,000 years ago.  Mankind was far too few to have been the culprit for all of them.  Newest studies show the major factor was probably a newly emergent virus that jumped species.  Not very long ago it was believed that a virus could not infect a different species.  Aids, if none other, has proved that theory very wrong.
 
In 1997, an entire Woolly Mammoth carcass was found frozen in Siberian ice.  It was removed to a frigid, underground cave in Siberia where it is being carefully studied.  The complete mitochondrial genome sequence (DNA) of Wooly Mammoth has been determined as of Feb., 2006.  Many think it may be recreated by cloning.  There is even an effort to try to recover sperm from male permafrost mammoths, in the hope that it may prove viable! 
 
The latter portion above is a very abreviated example of a portion of the Wooly Mammoth 'biography'.  The full bio is included if you order the pattern.
 

 

Prices: 

For a pattern, for both mounted and framed formats, $7.50

For scrolling instructions, add $3.00

There's no charge for the Woolly Mammoth biography (story)

There's no charge for shipping or handling

 
The scrolling instructions mentioned above consist of about 30 pages with photos.  

See the Wooly Mammoth for an example of a mounted Paleo Pet

or see the Smilodon for a framed pet.

If you order a pattern it will be sent by USPS as soon as your check clears.

The biographies of pets were written for 7th to HS ages and were designed to stimulate discussion between parents and kids.
 
As with most Paleo Pets, the framed Mammoth can be mounted on an easel available at hobby stores for $2 or $3.
   
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