Well Preserved Baby Mammoth Discovered in Permafrost

Posted on July 10, 2007  Comments (4)

Baby Mammoth

Baby mammoth discovery unveiled

The six-month-old female calf was discovered on the Yamal peninsula of Russia and is thought to have died 10,000 years ago. The animal’s trunk and eyes are still intact and some of its fur remains on the body.

Mammoths first appeared in the Pliocene Epoch, 4.8 million years ago. What caused their widespread disappearance at the end of the last Ice Age remains unclear; but climate change, overkill by human hunters, or a combination of both could have been to blame. One population of mammoths lived on in isolation on Russia’s remote Wrangel Island until about 5,000 years ago.

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4 Responses to “Well Preserved Baby Mammoth Discovered in Permafrost”

  1. Thomas
    July 13th, 2007 @ 5:13 am

    It’s amazing how well the mammoth looks like. Like it has died a few days ago.

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  3. Dufensmerts
    January 31st, 2009 @ 9:15 pm

    I think this is pretty darn cool. I have truly never seen anything like this in my life before. I would like to see this in real life. To see something that is (according to the scientists) millions of years old. I would not be suprised if someone wrote a book about this. I would read that book.

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    August 20th, 2011 @ 2:12 am

    It turned out to be a walrus skull…

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