Found: 10,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Soft Tissue

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Woolly Mammoth Skeleton With Intact Ligaments Found in Siberian Lake

by Alex Fox/Smithsonianmag.com

Reindeer herders in northern Siberia have discovered the skeleton of a woolly mammoth whose ligaments remain intact at least 10,000 years after its death, reports the Associated Press.

Scientists pulled parts of the mammoth’s skull, ribs and foot—some still held together by soft tissue—from the muck of Pechevalavato Lake in the Yamalo-Nenets district of Russia on July 23, according to Reuters. The team is currently searching the site in hopes of uncovering more of the region’s extinct fauna.



Based on initial findings, “the whole skeleton is there,” Dmitry Frolov, director of the Arctic Research Centre, tells the Siberian Times’ Anna Liesowska, who was the first to report on the discovery. “Judging by the pictures this was a young mammoth, but we’ll have to wait for tests to give the exact age.”

The mammoth—documented in Siberian Times photographs of a foot’s well-preserved soft tissue, as well as enormous bones strewn on the lake’s shores—is the latest prehistoric creature to emerge from the region’s rapidly thawing permafrost after spending millennia locked in frozen soil. In recent years, researchers have identified a 42,000-year-old foal with no signs of external damage, a 32,000-year-old wolf head and an extinct cave lion cub, among other ...read more:

 

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  1. In 1901, the Beresovka Expitition discovered intact, flash frozen mammoths, later Carbon dated to 39,000 YBP. A later expedition to the site of the 1908 Tunguska explosion found frozen mammoths dated to 12,000 YBP. Clearly there are unexplained Earth changing events that are cyclical in nature. Do we have a periodic rendezvous with an asteroid belt, where is our magic NASA meteor shield ?

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