Reindeer herder finds baby mammoth in Russia Arctic

MOSCOW Fri Aug 19, 2011 4:43am EDT

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A reindeer herder in Russia's Arctic has stumbled on the pre-historic remains of a baby woolly mammoth poking out of the permafrost, local officials said on Friday.

The herder said the carcass was as perfectly preserved as the 40,000-year-old mammoth calf Lyuba discovered in the same remote region four years ago, authorities said, adding that an expedition had set off hoping to confirm the "sensational" find.

"If it is true what is said about how it is preserved, this will be another sensation of global significance," expedition leader Natalia Fyodorova said in a statement on the Arctic Yamalo-Nenetsk region's official website.

Scientists planned to fly the mammoth's remains to the regional capital Salekhard, where it would be stored in a cooler to prevent the remains from decomposing.

Giant woolly mammoths have been extinct since the Earth's last Ice Age 1.8 million to around 11,500 years ago.

Scientists worldwide were stunned by the discovery of Lyuba, named after the wife of the hunter who discovered her.

Arctic ice kept the extinct specimen so immaculately preserved that although her shaggy coat was gone, her skin and internal organs were intact.

(Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel)

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Comments (3)
edmiidz wrote:
Woolly mammoths survived on Wrangel Island until 1650 BC, about 1.8 million years after the start of the last ice-age…

Aug 20, 2011 12:34pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
Truthbrary wrote:
Quick-Frozen Mammoths by Cryovolcano…

Aug 20, 2011 7:52pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
-zepalz wrote:
has anyone done any fact checking on this? i mean, the independent disputes the claim and seemly the only news agency that bothered to “check with authorities ” and not just AP.

Aug 20, 2011 8:18pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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