40,000-year-old frozen mammoth

May 1, 2009 • 10:35 am

This baby wooly mammoth, a female estimated at six months old when she fell into a river and died, has been almost perfectly preserved for 40,000 years.  National Geographic describes the find in 2007.  As I note in WEIT, some mammoths have been so well preserved that their meat was served at a dinner at New York’s Explorer Club.

Thanks to Jeremy Manier, who does the blog “Science Life” for the University of Chicago Hospitals, for the heads up.


4 thoughts on “40,000-year-old frozen mammoth

  1. Fantastic! Frozen 2x longer than the end of the Ice Age, ~5x longer than the appearance of the lactose tolerance adaptation and >6x longer than the advent of civilization!

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