A young Woolly Mammoth, which appears to have been hunted and killed by humans, was recently found buried in Siberian ice near the Arctic Ocean.
"Yuka," as the discovering team has named the animal, was so well preserved by the ice that its thick strawberry-blond fur and foot pads are still intact.
The discovery came as part of a BBC/Discovery Channel-funded expedition. It is estimated Yuka was buried around 10,000 years ago and died between two and three years of age.
"This is the first relatively complete mammoth carcass - that is, a body with soft tissues preserved - to show evidence of human association," Daniel Fisher, curator and director of the University of Michigan's Museum of Paleontology, told Discovery News.
Fisher added that after being pursued by lions or some other carnivore, "Yuka then apparently fell, breaking one of the lower hind legs. At this point, humans may have moved in to control the carcass, butchering much of the animal and removing parts that they would use immediately."
The BBC and Discovery Channel will both air specials on the findings.
by RTT Staff Writer
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