Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Ice Age little Wonder

A Russian hunter traipsing through the remote Arctic Yamalo-Nenetsk region in May noticed what he thought was a reindeer carcass sticking out of the damp snow.

On closer inspection, the "reindeer" turned out to be a lovely little 40,000-year-old baby mammoth, perfectly encased in ice.
The six-month-old female mammoth, at 110 pounds (50 kilograms) and 51 inches long (130 centimeters long), is the size of a large dog. Scientists hope that "Lyuba" will reveal some of the genetic secrets of the prehistoric giants, and new DNA technologies have already caused discussion about resurrecting her.

The Ice Age toddler will end up on display in the Arctic town of Salekhard.

Will the prehistoric boat make it?

This is the Abora III, a 41-foot boat made of reeds and wooden planks, on its way to Spain from NewYork. The ship's mission is to prove that early American and Mediterranean civilizations crossed the Atlantic long before Christopher Columbus did in 1492.

The reed ship was created by the Aymara Indians of Bolivia, a 2,000 year-old Andean culture that sails in boats similar to those used by ancient Egyptians.

The Captain of the boat, Dominque Gorlitz, believes trade between continents began as early as 14,000 years ago, so he's set sail across the North Atlantic to prove that trans-Atlantic voyages in both directions were possible long before the advanced civilizations in the Mediterranean Sea.