Sunday, April 26, 2009

Frozen baby mammoth

In July 2007, news broke that a nearly intact baby mammoth had been found in Siberia by a reindeer hunter. The specimen was taken to Shemanovsky Museum in the regional capital for study by an international team of scientists. One of these researchers was University of Michigan paleontologist Daniel Fisher, who remarked, "It's the best and most complete mammoth carcass—baby or adult—ever found....I've studied these animals for so many years and imagined for so long what they must have looked like. But now, for the first time, I saw one face-to-face in its entirety, and that was a profound experience." First estimated to be 10,000 years old, "Lyuba" - as she has been dubbed - is now known to have died 40,000 years ago. She has been analyzed and autopsied at a laboratory in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the results will be revealed in the premier of "Waking the Baby Mammoth" on the National Geographic Channel at 9 P.M. tonight!

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