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Prehistoric Baby Mammoth Found in Siberia

By Chris V. Thangham     Apr 11, 2008 in Environment
A group of Russians have discovered a fully preserved body of a baby mammoth in the Yamalo-Nenets region in the Urals. They plan to extricate DNA from the body and possibly clone the animal.
Russian scientists are happy after they found the baby mammoth in perfect condition. They will now study the body in detail with advanced equipment to fully understand how the creatures lived.
They will also remove DNA from its cells and possibly clone them in the near future.
The mammoth is estimated to be 37,000 years old and is named “Lyuba” after the wife of a nomadic reindeer tribesman who found it.
According to the scientists, most of its organs are intact. Its heart and internal organs could be seen clearly with the help of computer scanning equipments.
It is about 130 centimeters (4.26 feet) long, 90 centimeters (2.95 feet) tall and weighs only 50 kilograms (110 pounds).
The mammoth was immediately buried in a watery area or bog soon after its death. The area was in a frozen state for several thousand years until it was revealed again after a part of the river was exposed dry.
Lyuba is currently stored and preserved in a local museum in Russia.
Mammoths have lived on Earth for nearly five million years and they became extinct about 4,500 years ago.
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