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Baby mammoth found

Postby stomperrob » Mon Jul 16, 2007 3:26 pm

Well, a frozen one!

Scientists Find 10,000-Year-Old Frozen Baby Mammoth
Baby Mammoth Find Promises Science Breakthrough

MOSCOW, July 11, 2007 - The well-preserved carcass of a 10,000-year-old baby mammoth has been unearthed in the northern Siberian permafrost, a discovery scientists said could help in climate change studies.

The 4-foot gray-and-brown carcass, discovered in May by a reindeer herder in the Yamal-Nenets region, has its trunk and eyes virtually intact and even some fur remaining, said Alexei Tikhonov, deputy director of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Zoological Institute.

The animal's tail and ear were apparently bitten off, he said.

"The mammoth is an animal that you look at, and you see that there is an entire epoch behind it, a huge time period when climate was changing," he said in comments broadcast last week. "And of course when we talk about climate change, we must use the knowledge that we will get from them (mammoths)."

Scientists believe mammoths lived from 4.8 million years ago to around 4,000 years ago. Studies suggest climate change or overkill by human hunters as possible reasons leading to their extinction.

Tikhonov said the mammoth would be sent to an institute in Japan for further study.



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Re: Baby mammoth found

Postby treat24 » Mon Jul 16, 2007 3:46 pm

looks kind of like riffraff's mom

on a serious note... it really looks good for 10,000 years old, very intact
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Re: Baby mammoth found

Postby RiffRaff » Mon Jul 16, 2007 5:11 pm

treat24 wrote:looks kind of like riffraff's mom

on a serious note... it really looks good for 10,000 years old, very intact



geesh, no love for my Sister Treat? :-b
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Re: Baby mammoth found

Postby joelamosobadiah » Mon Jul 16, 2007 7:59 pm

WOW, looks really well intact. :-*
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