Frozen Mammoth Found in Siberia

April 7, 2012 | 06:48

Frozen Mammoth Found in Siberia - A juvenile mammoth, nicknamed "Yuka," was found entombed in Siberian ice near the shores of the Arctic Ocean and shows signs of being cut open by ancient people.

Frozen Mammoth Found in Siberia
(The mammoth, which is thought to be approximately 2.5 years old when it died, appears to have been cut open at some point./Live Science)

The remarkably well preserved frozen carcass was discovered in Siberia as part of a BBC/Discovery Channel-funded expedition and is believed to be at least 10,000 years old, if not older. If further study confirms the preliminary findings, it would be the first mammoth carcass revealing signs of human interaction in the region.

"This is the first relatively complete mammoth carcass -- that is, a body with soft tissues preserved -- to show evidence of human association," said Daniel Fisher, curator and director of the University of Michigan's Museum of Paleontology, as quoted from Live Science (04/04/2012).

Although carbon dating is still in the works, the researchers believe Yuka died at least 10,000 years ago, but may be much older. The animal was about 2.5 years old when it died.
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