Remarkable wooly mammoth carcass found by 11-year-old boy in Russia

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    Russia Mammoth

    In this June 28, 2008 file photo a sculpture of mammoths is seen in the Siberian town of Khanty-Mansiisk, 2000 kilometers (1250 miles) east of Moscow, Russia. A Russian university said Tuesday that an international team of scientists have discovered well-preserved frozen woolly mammoth fragments deep in Siberia that may contain living cells, edging a step closer to the possibility of cloning the prehistoric animal. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

    30,000 year old wooly mammoth carcass was initially found by young Russian boy, and is now being studied by scientists, who consider it one of the best preserved finds in history

    For a long-extinct Ice Age species, mammoths have been making a lot of news lately—and the remarkable, hairy finds simply keep on coming.

    An 11-year-old Russian boy has reportedly stumbled upon the 30,000 year old carcass of one of the colossal beasts on the Tamir Peninsula, in a serendipitous scientific discovery. The carcass is already considered one of the most impressive finds in the history of Ice Age paleontology.

    The boy, who hails from the Krasnoyarsk region of Russia, apparently stumbled upon the carcass and told his parents, who quickly alerted scientists, reports the Moscow Times.

    The half-ton mammoth has retained some of its organs, and there are also scraps of flesh and fur, which scientists will doubtlessly find immensely useful for research purposes.

    The mammoth carcass is reportedly the best-preserved

    Russia Mammoth

    In this handout photo provided by The International Mammoth Committee in Russia on Friday Oct. 5, 2012, the carcass of a 16-year-old mammoth that was possibly killed by humans tens of thousands of years ago and was excavated on the North Siberian Taimyr peninsula in late Sept. 28, 2012. Russian scientists say it’s one of the best-preserved bodies of a grown mammoth yet found. (AP Photo/Sergei Gorbunov, International Mammoth Committee in Russia, HO)


    The mammoth carcass is reportedly the best-preserved such find since 1901, when the famous Beresovka Mammoth was found by a local deer hunter in a more southerly portion of the Krasnoyarsk region.

    The Beresovka specimen was actually stuffed and is preserved in St Petersburg. No word yet on whether the new mammoth find will be displayed to the public in the near future.

    The remarkably well-preserved corpse may also give new hope to those hoping to clone a fresh, new wooly mammoth or two from preserved DNA.

    In September, Russian scientists found a frozen mammoth specimen in Russia’s Yakutia region, on the Arctic coast—although it appears that that specimen is not as intact as the newest find.

    It’s not entirely clear how long wooly mammoths survived or what exactly killed them off, although some estimate that the lastdied out around 4,000 years ago, likely in Siberia and on certain Siberian islands.


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