Jul
12
2007

A cool, actually frigid, find in Siberia

Frozen find: Researchers look over the new find from Siberia of a wooly mammoth baby carcass. A reindeer herder found the frozen specimen while doing is normal rounds.
Frozen find: Researchers look over the new find from Siberia of a wooly mammoth baby carcass. A reindeer herder found the frozen specimen while doing is normal rounds.
Here we go again with another round of Jurassic Park hypotheticals. What’s triggering it? Earlier this spring a reindeer herder in Siberia discovered a fully intact frozen wooly mammoth baby carcass. It’s believed to have been frozen for around 10,000 years since the end of the last ice age.

Other portions of adult mammoths have been found frozen in Siberia. But researchers say that this specimen is the most complete one found to date.

Back in 1997, portions of an adult wooly mammoth were found in another portion of Siberia. Cloning scientists at that time said that they’d be able to have a mammoth/elephant baby hybrid cloned within the next 22 months. So far, however, no dice.

The only significant blemish on the new mammoth discovery is that a portion of its tail is missing. It’s trunk and eyes are intact and some of its fur is still on its torso. It measures just over four feet tall, weighs an estimated 110 pounds and is believed to be about six months old.

Work being done to prepare the carcass to be transferred to Japan for further study. There are some scientists hoping that there could be preserved sperm or other cells with viable DNA that could be used to restart a new version of mammoths.

Researchers are also happy that they – and not others -- have their hands on this new specimen. There’s a growing black market for frozen wooly mammoth artifacts that have been found in Siberia. A one-inch strand of mammoth hair can be sold on the black market for $50.

Mammoths first appeared in the Pliocene Epoch, 4.8 million years ago. And while the species was mostly extinct by the time of the end of last Ice Age 10,000 to 12,000 years ago, one population of mammoths lived on in isolation on Russia's remote Wrangel Island until about 5,000 years ago.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

max's picture
max says:

This is a really interesting find beacuse there has only been 3 complete mammoth carcases found ever and this one is the best.

posted on Fri, 07/20/2007 - 4:54am
student / santa clause's picture
student / santa clause says:

you are absolutely right !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted on Tue, 10/30/2007 - 6:20pm

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