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Mastodons descended into civil war

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Research on the remains of mastodons, a distant relative of modern elephants that vanished after the end of the last ice age, is revealing new evidence for the role of mankind in the extinction large mammals like mammoths.

Palaeontologists have found signs that humans tended to kill the biggest and most dominant males while hunting for food, which led to pitched battles between younger males as they competed to fill the gaps left.

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