Baby Mammoth Found in Siberia

July 12, 2007 at 13:28 2 comments

A baby mammoth unearthed in the permafrost of north-west Siberia could be the best preserved specimen of its type, scientists have said.

Baby Mammoth

The frozen carcass is to be sent to Japan for detailed study.

The six-month-old female calf was discovered on the Yamal peninsula of Russia and is thought to have died 10,000 years ago.

The animal’s trunk and eyes are still intact and some of its fur remains on the body.

Mammoths are an extinct member of the elephant family. Adults often possessed long, curved tusks and a coat of long hair. The 130cm (4ft 3ins) tall, 50kg Siberian specimen dates to the end of the last Ice Age, when the great beasts were vanishing from the planet.

It was discovered by a reindeer herder in May this year. Yuri Khudi stumbled across the carcass near the Yuribei River, in Russia’s Yamal-Nenets autonomous district.

On the AOL website, a total of 4 pictures can be found.

Update: Video material at Reuters’ website.

[Source: BBC and AOL]

Joke (in Flemish):

Cartoon

Translated: “I came immediately when I heard of this finding of extreme scientific value !

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Dr. Roderick Pyatt, Ph.D  |  September 15, 2007 at 14:29

    A standing offer of sufficient renumeration for remains might just have a bearing on recovery of such samples.

    Reply
  • 2. Romeo  |  April 13, 2008 at 17:10

    Bien Good, they need to take a cell, rehydrate it, and clone it. all of which is very possible now

    Reply

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