Russian boy discovers ‘woolly mammoth of the century’


A handout photo provided on October 5, 2012, by International Mammoth Committee and taken on September 25, 2012, shows shows a close view the remains of mammoth found a few kilometers away from the Sopkarga polar station in the Taimyr Peninsula, Russia’s northernmost region. An 11 year-old boy in Russia’s far north has uncovered a nearly intact woolly mammoth, complete with fur, bones, flesh, and layers of fat, the St. Petersburg Zoological Museum director, Alexei Tikhonov, told AFP today. AFP/HO/INTERNATIONAL MAMMOTH COMMITTEE

MOSCOW–An 11-year-old boy from a nomadic family in Russia’s north has stumbled upon a massive well-preserved woolly mammoth, in what scientists describe as the best such discovery since 1901.

Yevgeny Salinder, whose family lives near a polar station in the northern Taimyr Peninsula, discovered the frozen prehistoric animal when he was strolling along the banks of the Yenisei River in late August.

“He sensed an unpleasant odor and saw something sticking out of the ground — it was the mammoth’s heels,” said Alexei Tikhonov, director of the Saint Petersburg-based Zoological Museum, who rushed to the tundra after the boy’s family notified scientists of the historic find.

Tikhonov said it was the best preserved adult mammoth discovered in more than 100 years.

“So far we can say it is the mammoth of the century,” Tikhonov said.

“An employee of the International Mammoth Committee and me went to the site,” Tikhonov told AFP.

“Judging by its legs, it turned out to be quite a large mammoth, it was lying on its right side at the height of 5 meters (15 feet) above sea level. We had to start the excavation as soon as possible and there were just the two of us,” he said.

Joined by employees of the nearby Sopkarga polar station, the scientists spent five days digging out the monster.

Tikhonov said the mammoth had died aged 15-16 around 30,000 years ago, adding that the tusk, skin, an eye and an ear were clearly visible.

“Its one-meter-long penis is also intact so we can conclude that this was a male,” Tikhonov said, adding it also had one 1.5-metre-long tusk.

“Its skeleton is virtually intact and its heart in the rib cage may be intact, too.”

The precious find weighing nearly one ton was transported to the northern city of Dudinka and will later be brought to Saint Petersburg and Moscow where scientists can study it.

Tikhonov said that geneticists might be interested in trying to clone the animal, dubbed Zhenya after the nickname of the boy who discovered it, but he suggested that this would be difficult.

Global warming has thawed ground in northern Russia that is usually almost permanently frozen, leading to the discoveries of a number of mammoth remains.

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  • im_earth

    when Arctic Ice melts new discoveries emerge!

    • UrHONOR

      YEAH….like the GOLDEN BUDHHA.

  • WeAry_Bat

    Manny!! Where is Diego and Sid?!  Scrat must be around somewhere.

  • doomedby2020

    I would expect my penis to be well preserved after 30,000 years too.  Nothing special here…

    • UrHONOR

      That is believable…..easy to preserve anything 1 inch in length.

      • doomedby2020

        I guess you need some brains to have a sense of humor. The bigger something is when its initially preserved (in ice or  whatever), the more likely it will have preserved tissue on it 1000’s of years later.

      • UrHONOR

        YEAH, ur right spot on… need brains to appreciate humor.

  • Flavio

    bakit si  serafin cuevas hindi pa panagaaralan ng mga scientists . ice age pa ‘yun ah….

  • noelpogi

    10 yrs from now, dahil sa global change mauuso na ang hubaran. mawawala na ang tongpats sa mga live nude show. LOL

  • dequis

    Binanggit ni John Steinbeck sa kanyang novelangs East of Eden ang pagkakadiskobre ng isang mastodon sa Siberia, buo pa ang katawan. Ingat sila sa isang pari sa Cebu, baka mawala bigla ang tusk nyan ipagawang imahe ng Santo Ninyo.

  • opinyonlangpo

    Makes one wonder where human came from and when human arrived on earth. Just animals and insects were preserved, where are the human remains from ancient times?

  • Meow Ming

    wow 30,000 yrs old tusk . >) – evil grin of a priest from cebu.

  • divictes

    If only global warming could also thaw bank accounts…

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