Here’s a great non-fiction book for enthusiasts of the pre-historic era. It begins with an important discovery by two boys just north of the Arctic Circle in 2007. Two boys found a frozen baby mammoth. The mammoth, later named Lyuba by scientists, died nearly 40,000 years before and was fully intact.
Mammoths and Mastodons does a great job of connecting the past with the present. It includes information about the current scientific work of three paleontologists and how their work builds our understanding of these great creatures and how their work might be able to help us save elephants and other large mammals today. I learned in the book that elephants and mammoths lived at the same time, 5 million years ago. One of the questions scientists are trying to answer is “Why didn’t elephants go extinct when mammoths went extinct?”
In addition to the photographs throughout the book, there are interesting panels of information, like: Did dinosaurs and mammoths live at the same time? and Do these elephants and mammoths seem almost human?
This book is targeted toward upper elementary and middle school readers and would be a great book for students interested in prehistoric animals or modern day elephants.