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: