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Perfectly Preserved Baby Mammoth Found in Arctic Ice in Siberia

A man herding reindeer in Russia’s Arctic region found the perfectly-preserved, 40,000-year-old body of a baby woolly mammoth.

Officials say the creature’s carcass was sticking up out of the permafrost.  The discovery came in the same area that another mammoth calf was found four years ago.  An expedition has been sent to examine the find and possibly recover it.

via mhowry

Scientists hope to bring the remains to the regional capital Salekhard, where it would be stored in a cooler to prevent decomposition.

Giant woolly mammoths have been extinct for at least 12,000 years.  In their hey-day, they grew to as much as 10 feet tall and eight tons.

Some scientists say there’s enough well-preserved genetic material in the carcass of the mammoth found four years ago that it could be possible to bring the beast back from extinction.  Shades of Jurassic Park.

via Russian Reindeer Herder Discovers Baby Mammoth in Arctic | NBC New York.

The baby mammoth carcass found four years ago was given the name of Lyuba, after the wife of the reindeer herder who found it.  As shown in the attached photo, Lyuba is now on exhibit in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.

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