40,000-year-old frozen mammoth

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.



  1. newenglandbob
    Posted May 1, 2009 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    Holy COW?

  2. SeanK
    Posted May 1, 2009 at 11:17 am | Permalink

    I’m curious, how much does a Mammoth Steak go for?

  3. Sili
    Posted May 1, 2009 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    600 sen pr. 100 g, if I recall correctly. I can go check FMA again, if you want.

  4. Hempenstein
    Posted May 2, 2009 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    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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