Preserved Ice Age giant found with flowing blood in Siberia   Leave a comment

'Flowing blood' woolly mammoth goes on display
The woolly mammoth is unveiled ahead of the exhibition (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

A woolly mammoth, which was found frozen in Russia with flowing blood, is to go on display.

The 39,000-year-old female, named Yuka by scientists, was discovered trapped in ice on islands off Siberia with parts of  its carcass well preserved.

But the upper torso and two legs, which were found in the soil rather than the ice, were gnawed by prehistoric and modern predators and almost did not survive.

Visitors to the exhibition in Yokohama, Japan, will also be able to clearly see the mammoth’s snout, legs and torso.

Semyon Grigoriev, head of the Museum of Mammoths of the Institute of Applied Ecology of the North at the North Eastern Federal University, said the mammoth is probably the best preserved specimen ever found.'Flowing blood' woolly mammoth goes on display

Exhibition staff examine Yuka before she goes on display (Picture: AFP/Getty Images)

Dr Grigoriev originally put the age of the animal at around 10,000 years but more recent dating tests suggest the creature is around 39,000 years old.

‘It has been preserved thanks to the special conditions, due to the fact that it did not defrost and then freeze again,’ he explained.

‘We suppose that the mammoth fell into water or got bogged down in a swamp, could not free herself and died.’

The hope is that at least one living cell of the mammoth was preserved ‘although even with such well-preserved remains, this may not be the case’, he added.

Scientists who found the mammoth were also able to extract a blood sample from beneath the carcass of the female mammoth.Preserved woolly mammoth with flowing blood found for first time, Russian scientists claim

A researcher working near the carcass of the woolly mammoth soon after it was found (Picture: Semyon Grigoriev/ AFP/Getty Images)

Preserved muscle tissue was also found from the creature, who was aged between 50 and 60 when she died.

‘It is great luck that the blood preserved and we plan to study it carefully,’ said Dr Grigoriev.

‘It is the first time we managed to obtain mammoth blood. No-one has ever seen before how the mammoth’s blood flows.

‘For now our suspicion is that mammoth blood contains a kind of natural anti-freeze. Luckily we had taken with us on our expedition a special preservative agent for blood.’


Posted August 2, 2013 by kitokinimi in Uncategorized

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