New Delhi: Russian scientists have just discovered a stunningly well-preserved skeleton of an adult woolly mammoth that dominated the land at least 10,000 years ago. The discovery was made in the shallows of a lake in north Siberia.
The mammoth’s skull, several well preserved ribs, foreleg bones along with soft tissues were retrieved from the lake that is situated in remote Yamal peninsula just above the arctic circle. A search operation is underway in the area to search for more such bones.
There have been similar discoveries in recent times at Siberia due to faster climate change warming resulting to melting of ice in the Arctic region that was earlier locked in permafrost.
Earlier, in December 2019, scientists discovered a prehistoric puppy thought to be atleast 18,000 year old in Russia’s far east region locked in permafrost.
The discovered skeleton of the mammoth is believed to be at least 10,000 years old but researchers are yet to find out the exact age of the skeleton and how old it was when it dies, said Dmitry Frolov, director of the Scientific Centre for Arctic studies.
Florov said that earlier scientists have also found fossils of woolly mammoth in Russia dating back to 30,000 years.