Did You Hear the One About the Baby Mammouth?

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A month old mammouth baby became trapped in mud.  She died.  The mud dried.  Then she was “found”.

“…She’s perhaps the best-preserved mammoth ever discovered: Lyuba’s skin and internal organs appear intact, as well as traces of mother’s milk found in her stomach. The only damage to the mammoth, which is less than 3 feet tall, are bite marks from village dogs.

Covered in coarse hair, the woolly mammoth, Mammuthus primigenius, roamed Eurasia and western North America at least 200,000 to 10,000 years ago. Dozens of partly intact woolly mammoths have been uncovered from Siberia’s tundra, but Lyuba exhibits remarkable preservation. “She’s all there,” Fisher says. Preliminary analysis by Fisher and colleagues suggests the clay and silt that swallowed up the baby mammoth effectively “pickled” her….”

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