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Scientists uncover 10,000-year-old mammoth carcass

By David Ferguson
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 15:19 EDT
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Scientists uncover mammoth carcass
 
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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.

 
David Ferguson
David Ferguson
David Ferguson is an editor at Raw Story. He was previously writer and radio producer in Athens, Georgia, hosting two shows for Georgia Public Broadcasting and blogging at Firedoglake.com and elsewhere. He is currently working on a book.
 
 
 
 
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