The perfectly preserved, 10,000-year-old carcass of a juvenile mammoth has been unearthed in Siberia. Scientists Alice Roberts and Bernard Buiges were on hand for the unwrapping of the highly unusual specimen.
“Its foot pads and thick strawberry-blonde hair are exquisitely preserved,” noted Roberts, declaring that the experience was like unwrapping a mummy.
The mammoth, now called Yuka, was found by tusk-hunters in a remote region of northern Siberia. By studying her, the team hopes to find some sign as to why the creatures became extinct, as well as clues about our own ancestors.
Watch this video from the BBC, broadcast April 3, 2012.