(The Hercules Mammoth)
are a number of technical problems with the “Hercules mammoth”.
it looks like a typical African elephant with some smudged texture
on it to make it appear woolly.
the distinctive red hair found on genuine frozen mammoths has been
forgone here in favor of normal elephant gray hair.
patches of hair seem to have been placed at different
locations on the animal, so that the continuous flow of hair
is disrupted numerous times. See an example on the top of the
animal's back near its rear.
the tusks are a bit patchy in both color and shape, and
notice that although only one tusk appears in the shadow
on the ground, it is a different shape from the tusks on
the animal. This clearly exposes the picture as that of an
elephant. The photo has been tampered with, and not
particularly well at that.
the shape of the head is also like that of an elephant
— it doesn't have the “lumpy” protruding top of
head that mammoths had.
verdict? A mediocre fake at best.