“Best Preserved Mammoth In The History Of Paleontology”

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Scientists announced in September, 2012′ that they had found a 10,000 year old Siberian Mammoth perfectly preserved in the ice with both flowing blood and muscle tissue. It was found buried in ice on the Lyakhovsky Islands off the coast of northeast Russia. Scientists poked the frozen mammoth with a pick and dark liquid blood flowed out. The lower part of the body was underlying in pure ice which helped keep it preserved. The temperature at the time of excavation was -7 to -10ºC. It is being called the “Best preserved mammoth in the history of paleontology”.

“We were really surprised to find mammoth blood and muscle tissue” said Semyon Grigoriev, head of the Museum of Mammoths of the Institute of Applied Ecology of the North at the North Eastern Federal University.

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“It is the first time we managed to obtain mammoth blood. No-one has ever seen before how the mammoth’s blood flows”.

This massive discovery has brought about a gigantic world debate over whether or not scientists should bring the creature back to life.  Scientists would most likely use an elephant to carry the mammoth in her womb since the elephant is the closest living relative of the mammoth. Serious International talks are going on about whether or not to attempt to clone the mammoth.

A Russian team of scientists from Yakutsk that made the find is working in a partnership with South Korean scientists who are actively seeking to bring the mammoth back to life.

The Woolley Mammoth is thought to have gone extinct about 4,000 years ago.  It was roughly the same size as modern African Elephants. Males reached shoulder heights between 2.7 and 3.4 m (9 and 11 ft) and weighed up to 6 tonnes (6.6 tons). Females averaged 2.6–2.9 metres (8.5–9.5 ft) in height. A newborn calf weighed about 90 kilograms (200 lb).

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Last year a deal was signed giving South Korean scientists exclusive rights on cloning the woolly mammoth from certain tissue samples found in the Siberian permafrost. Stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk’s private bioengineering laboratory confirmed he is poised to make a bid to return the extinct Siberian mammoth to the planet.

Once the tissues have been treated to a nuclear transfer process, the eggs will be implanted into the womb of a live elephant for a 22-month pregnancy.

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