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Thursday
Oct042012

Child Discovers Nearly Intact Woolly Mammoth in Russia

Photos.com/Thinkstock(MOSCOW) -- It was truly a mammoth discovery.

An 11-year-old boy in Russia’s far north has reportedly uncovered a nearly intact woolly mammoth, complete with fur, bones, flesh and layers of fat.  Scientists say they haven’t seen anything like it in over a hundred years.

According to The Moscow News, the frozen animal is a 500 kg beast.  What remains is the right half of the body, including a tusk. It was a male that died at around age 15 about 30,000 years ago and remained frozen in the permafrost ever since.  It reportedly took scientists a week to dig the body out using pickaxes and steam.

The discovery was made by a boy named Yevgeny Salinder, just a few kilometers away from the Sopkarga polar station where he lives with his family in Taymyr, Russia’s northernmost region.

According to The Moscow News the boy told his parents about what he’d found, and they reached out to scientists to confirm. They say they haven’t seen anything like this since another mammoth was discovered in Siberia in 1901. It’s said to be the second best preserved mammoth ever unearthed.

The frozen animal has been informally named Zhenya, after the boy’s nickname, but its official name is the Sopkarginsky mammoth.  It has since been transported to a larger town in the far north and will be studied by scientists.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Friday
Feb102012

Woolly Mammoth Sighting in Siberia: Real or a Hoax?

Photos.com/Thinkstock(LONDON) -- Blurry footage of what looks quite a bit like a woolly mammoth crossing a body of water in Siberia has caused a stir amongst viewers across the web, many of whom either insist it’s a hoax or think it’s another non-extinct animal.

The extraordinary clip, which was allegedly taped last summer by government-employed engineer Michael Cohen, surfaced on the website of U.K. tabloid The Sun on Thursday and caused a major commotion.  The video has lead some viewers to believe the creature that has been thought to be extinct for over 4,000 years still exists in the icy Chukotka Autonomous Okrug region of Siberia.

Cohen shot the footage while he was in the area surveying the remote land for a planned road, The Sun reported.  The hair matches samples recovered from mammoth remains that have been discovered in Russia, the paper added.

Viewers, however, are quite skeptical of the footage.  While many feel that it’s a digitally altered video, others think it’s simply an elephant, or perhaps a bear with a fish in its mouth that is slowly working its way across the icy waters.

It has also been noted that Cohen is something of a paranormal enthusiast, and has been tied to clips of alleged UFOs and strange phenomena.

Rumors of woolly mammoth sightings by cryptozoologists have persisted over the last century, with occasional claims that herds still roam earth’s northern tundra.  However this is the first time that supposed footage has turned up.

[CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FOOTAGE AS FEATURED ON THE SUN]

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Thursday
Jan202011

Extinct Woolly Mammoth May Be Resurrected by Scientists

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(HIGASHIOSAKA, Japan) -- It has been 10,000 years since prehistoric elephants roamed the earth.  Now, a band of Japanese scientists hopes to recreate a living, breathing woolly mammoth.

The scientists plan to extract cell nuclei from a frozen mammoth they dug up in Siberia and implant them in egg cells of the mammoth's closest living relative, the elephant.  They are hoping that the elephant will give birth to a real-live woolly mammoth.

Plans to resurrect the mammoth have been in place since 1997.  During three separate studies, a research team from Kinki University in Japan obtained mammoth skin and muscle tissue excavated in good condition from the permafrost in Siberia.

But they soon discovered that most nuclei in the cells were damaged by ice crystals and were unusable, so the project was abandoned, according to the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbum.

Japanese researchers said in 2008 that they successfully cloned a mouse from a body that had been frozen for 16 years, which they claimed theoretically opened the door to preserving endangered animals and resurrecting extinct animals such as the woolly mammoth.

Minoru Miyashita, a professor at Kinki University, was asked last spring to join the project.  He has petitioned zoos to donate elephant egg cells when their female elephants die so more research can be done.

If all goes according to plan, an elephant will be giving birth to a woolly mammoth in the next five to six years, Yomiuri Shimbum reported.

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