Located on a remote Siberian island in the Atlantic Ocean a scientific expedition has uncovered a female mammoth frozen in ice that may be the most preserved specimen to date. The Russian scientists that uncovered the woolly beast are astounded at the condition of this possible 15,000 year old Mammoth.
Semyon Grigoriev, a Russian Scientist leading the expedition has stated that, “The meat looks pretty fresh, reddish in color in several places. I can’t say that the smell was very fresh, though.”. Simon is also the director of the Amosov Mammoth Museum of the North Eastern Federal District, as reported by RIA Novosti. He has also made comments to Russia Today about the properties of the blood and why it may be still fluid, “It can be assumed that the blood of mammoths had some cryo-protective properties,”
“The blood is very dark, it was found in ice cavities below the belly and when we broke these cavities with a poll pick, the blood came running out,” said Semyon Grigoriev.
“Interestingly, the temperature at the time of excavation was -7 to – 10 degrees Celsius [19.4 to 14 degrees Fahrenheit]. It may be assumed that the blood of mammoths had some cryoprotective properties.”
As FOX News reports, the muscle tissue of the frozen carcass was also stunning — the color of fresh meat, Grigoriev said, totally unlike meat that is centuries old.
“The fragments of muscle tissues, which we’ve found out of the body, have a natural red color of fresh meat. The reason for such preservation is that the lower part of the body was underlying in pure ice, and the upper part was found in the middle of tundra.”
The scientists who dug up the mammoth as part of the expedition led by Semyon said that blood was squirting out when they examined the remains. The blood is being harvested from the Mammoth and placed in test tubes for the scientists to study in their labs and hopefully find the cause of its unusually pristine state.
According to UPI, scientists are still hopeful they can clone the anchient creature. In the coming months, mammoth specialists from South Korea, Russia and the United States are expected to study the remains, currently kept at an undisclosed northern location.
“I won’t say where it is being kept or it may get stolen,” Grigoryev said.
As massive as they were, Woolly Mammoths figured on the lunch menu of early humans, who hunted these beasts for their pelts as well as their meat. In fact, there’s an argument to be made that the patience and cooperation required to bring down a Woolly Mammoth went a long way toward advancing human civilization!
According to About.com, the last Woolly Mammoths went extinct about 4,000 years ago.
By the end of the last Ice Age, pretty much all the world’s Mammoths had succumbed to climate change and human predation. The exception was a small population of Woolly Mammoths that lived on Wrangel Island, off the coast of Siberia, until 1700 B.C. Since they subsisted on limited resources, Wrangel Island Mammoths were much smaller than their Woolly relatives.
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