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.

2 comments:

Mark said...

That is a really interesting article accompanied by an amazing photo. It is staggering to think how old that baby mammoth is.
Thanks for the comment on my blog

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