Woolly Mammoth Blood Found In Preserved Carcass.
A Russian team say they have found part of the body of an old female mammoth well-preserved in ice on a remote island in the Arctic Ocean. The 60 year old female is thought to have died between 10,000 and 15,000 years ago.
“When we broke the ice beneath her stomach, the blood flowed out from there, it was very dark,” Professor Grigoryev, who is a scientist at the Yakutsk-based Northeastern Federal University, said.
“This is the most astonishing case in my entire life. How was it possible for it to remain in liquid form? And the muscle tissue is also red, the colour of fresh meat,” he added.
Prof Grigoryev said that the lower part of the carcass was very well preserved as it ended up in a pool of water that later froze over. The upper part of the body including the back and the head are believed to have been eaten by predators, he added.
“The forelegs and the stomach are well preserved, while the hind part has become a skeleton.”
The discovery, Prof Grigoryev said, gives new hope to researchers in their quest to bring the woolly mammoth back to life.
“This find gives us a really good chance of finding live cells which can help us implement this project to clone a mammoth,” he said.
“Previous mammoths have not had such well-preserved tissue.”