Twigs Another sizeable portion of the mammoth's last supper was willow. These were not the big, bushy willow trees common in temperate areas today. Rather, the stems above came from a small-leaved dwarf species known as Salix cf. arctica. The twigs had been broken but not digested, leaving the scientists wondering whether the mammoth could possibly have absorbed sufficient nutrients from his food. The lack of attached leaf stalks on the twigs also led them to infer that he had died between two growing seasons.