In pictures: The ice age giants
Meet some of the prehistoric species featured in the series.
A double layered coat with a kind of under wool helped keep this mammoth warm.
Eurasian cave lion
Cave lions were famously represented in the 30,000 year old cave art of Chauvet, France.
A barrel chest, short arms and legs probably helped this relative of ours adapt to cold.
Scientists debate whether the Glpytodont had a trunk to help it feed.
Shasta ground sloth
This sloth’s dung gives a good record on the impact of ice age climate change.
This cat’s massive but fragile upper canines once broken would never regrow.
Ursus spelaeus was similar in size and structure to the largest of modern day bears.
This giant mammoth lived exclusively on the American continent.
The mastodon was imaginatively named by scientists from the Greek for 'nipple-tooth'.
Like its modern cousin this rhino may have used its large horn for confrontations.
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Professor Alice Roberts travels 40,000 years into the past to meet Ice Age's great beasts.