Ice Age Giants

Mammoths book cover

Adrian Lister

Mammoths is an engaging guide to these iconic animals including the latest research about how they lived.

978 0 565 09327 3
January 2014
253 x 192 mm / 10 x 7½ in
128 pp
Colour throughout
Natural History Museum


Enormous, elephantine and extinct: the mammoth is the iconic animal of the Ice Age. These colossal creatures roamed the cold, open landscapes of Europe, Asia, and North America as recently as 20,000 years ago. Today, their well-preserved fossil remains generate much fascination and speculation around the world. Mammoths: Ice Age Giants reveals what their life was really like.

The book describes their environment, behaviour, evolution and appearance, including new DNA analysis that shows what colour mammoths actually were. 

Unravelling the latest scientific research, Adrian Lister explains why this incredible species died out and whether it may be possible to clone them in the future. 

He also draws challenging parallels between the fate of the mammoths and that of their close relatives, the living elephants.

Throughout the book there are striking photographs of skeletons, skulls, tusks and preserved flesh from the world-famous collections of the Natural History Museum in London, as well as images of the best preserved mammoth in the world, Lyuba

From the Pleistocene period to our recent past, Mammoths: Ice Age Giants captures evolution in action in the dynamic world of the mammoth.

The book ties in with a major new exhibition opening at the Natural History Museum in May 2014.


Professor Adrian Lister is a Merit Researcher in the Earth Sciences Department at the Natural History Museum. 

His research is centred on Quaternary mammal fossils to enhance our understanding of processes of evolution and species extinction. 

He is a Fellow of the Zoological Society of London and writes and contributes regularly to publications and books.


The Mammoths: Ice Age Giants exhibition will take you on a journey starting when mammoths roamed the land through to the latest research into extinction and ways we can protect their precious modern relative, the elephant.

Huge fossils, skeletons and life-size models will tower over you in a mighty clash of tusks and trunks as you experience the drama of their Ice Age world.

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