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Minute woolly mammoths roamed the Greek holiday island of Crete 1 to 2 million years ago, boffins have claimed after examining fossilised teeth and a leg bone. Standing 1.13m (3ft 8") tall and weighing 130kg (20st 4lbs), the furry, curly-tusked creatures would have been about one-third the size of the full-blown mammoths who …

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Happy

Fantastic

I need four of these & a kick arse dogsled. My commute will never be dull again.

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Minimammoths? Minmoths?

Come up with a name, boffins!

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Minimammoths? Minmoths?

Miniscules.

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Trollface

Re: Minimammoths? Minmoths?

Minmoth is already in use:

http://www.girlgeniusonline.com/info/donate/donation_views/fanciers.jpg

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Alert

Re: Minimammoths? Minmoths?

That was my first thought when I saw this article! OMG, now we know where the sparks got the breeding material for minmoths.

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Re: Minimammoths? Minmoths?

Mimmoths preferably pronounced to sound like Inspector Clouseau trying to say "mammoth", has my vote

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Re: Minimammoths? Minmoths?

Saber toothed Sheepdogs!

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Joke

Are you sure..

they're extinct in Greece?

I've seen Brits aboard there that fit the description of being "3ft 8" tall and weighing 20st 4lbs....."

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Anonymous Coward

"Anything that gets stuck on an island can be affected by dwarfism"

So many examples, but I'll just start with two:

The economies of Greek Islands.

The inhabitants of Sheppey.

Perhaps other readers can come up with further evidence.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: "Anything that gets stuck on an island can be affected by dwarfism"

An Englishmans Todger?

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Standing 1.13m (3ft 8") tall and weighing 130kg (20st 4lbs)

Would you mind putting all measurements and weights in the US standard too as you obviously think we're all too thick to work out what the metric ones mean.

(sarcasm)

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Re: Standing 1.13m (3ft 8") tall and weighing 130kg (20st 4lbs)

Of much greater relevance is that they were 8 linguini tall and weighed 31 jubs (approx).

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Re: Standing 1.13m (3ft 8") tall and weighing 130kg (20st 4lbs)

Or 6.99*10^4 Planck lengths and 5.97*10^9 Planck masses.

If we are going to complain about using random, arbitrary units, let's REALLY use something fundamental!

(cue somebody complaining about me using base 10 rather than base 2...)

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Anonymous Coward

Re: Standing 1.13m (3ft 8") tall and weighing 130kg (20st 4lbs)

Dang it - miscopied from my terminal session on the height.

6.99*10^34 Planck lengths.

But still only 5 billion Planck masses - for a quantum quantity, Planck mass is huge.

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Big Brother

Shetland mammoths

Did they pay any tax?

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Coat

Am I alone in reading Mammuthus creticus as Mammuthus cretinus

Time to head home

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Anonymous Coward

One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”

Perhaps not so wide of the mark after all... ;)

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Girl Genius got it right...

Mimmoths is the only possible name, even if they are really a *touch* too large...

btw - I'm reminded of a science fiction short story - Harry Turtledove's 'The Maltese Elephant'...

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Anonymous Coward

Jumbo Shrimp?

Mini Mammoth? Is that like Jumbo Shrimp?

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Where are the photos? I want PICS of mini mammoths.

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Mimmoths

Ahhh, sweet... I want one, no a pair of them, to take for walkies in Regents' Park. Can't they clone those instead of the big ones that nobody would be able to keep properly.

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Erm

What's the point of going to Crete

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