Saturday, October 6, 2012

Video and Photos: Mammoth carcass found in Siberia by 11-year-old Zhenya Salinder

MOSCOW, Russia (Sat, Oct. 06) – Reported by madn3wz

Mammoth carcass found in Siberia by 11-year-old Zhenya Salinde

A well-preserved carcass of a teenage mammoth has been discovered in the permafrost in northern Siberia truly accidentally when an eleven-year-old boy was just wandering in the area with his dog.

According to details; the 11-year-old Zhenya Salinder found the sixteen-year-old mammoth - in Sopochnaya Karga, 3,500km (2,200 miles) northeast of Moscow - which is 2-meter tall and weighs about 500kgs, in late September when he spotted its limbs sticking out of the frozen mud. 

Mammoth carcass found in Siberia by 11-year-old Zhenya Salinde

Professor Alexei Tikhonov of the Zoology Institute in St. Petersburg said on Friday while announcing the discovery:

"A teenage mammoth (named as Jenya by the scientists) who once roamed the Siberian tundra in search of fodder and females might have been killed by an Ice Age man on a summer day tens of thousands of years ago".

Tikhonov told the AP news agency that Jenya was "pretty small for his age, But what killed Jenya was not his size but a missing left tusk that made him unfit for fights with other mammoths or human hunters who were settling the Siberian marshes and swamps some 20,000-30,000 years ago".

The splits on Jenya's remaining tusk show a "possible human touch," he added.

Up to 13 feet in height and 10 tons in weight, mammoths migrated across huge areas between Great Britain and North America and were driven to extinction by humans and the changing climate. 

Wooly mammoths are thought to have died out around 10,000 years ago, although scientists think small groups of them lived longer in Alaska and on Russia’s Wrangel Island off the Siberian coast. 

Earlier this year, a very well preserved juvenile mammoth nicknamed Yuka was unveiled by scientists, according to BBC News

Found in the Yakutia region of Russia, it preserves much of its soft tissue and strawberry-blonde coat of hair. There were also signs from its remains that humans may have stolen the carcass from lions and perhaps even stashed it for eating at a later date.

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