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Woolly Mammoth With Liquid Blood Goes On Display Saturday

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A woolly mammoth some 39,000 years old has arrived in an exhibition hall in Yokohama, Japan to be put on public display from July 13 until September 16. UPDATE:  We now have video of the woolly mammoth being unboxed in Japan.  Go down to the bottom to see it.

This well-preserved woolly mammoth female, now named Yuka by her discoverers, is the same animal that Siberian researchers announced that they had found in March. In that well-publicized report, Museum of Mammoths head Semyon Grigoriev stated that they had found flowing blood with the specimen and that it seemed to enjoy a natural form of anti-freeze:

“It can be assumed that the blood of mammoths had some cryo-protective properties.”

In the original announcement, because of the woolly mammoth’s excellent state of preservation, the Yakutsk, Russia team who found her originally estimated her age at only 10,000 years old.

However, a Metro UK report pointed out that DNA tests revealed that she was actually much older.

The Independent explained that she was originally found trapped in ice. She did have permafrost on her shoulders but much of her body was in soil, allowing her to be preserved in exceptionally fine condition.

The woolly mammoth has been the subject of much speculation that she will eventually be cloned to re-create the now-extinct species. The Russians have teamed up with Sooam Biotech Research Foundation in South Korea in pursuit of the project.

An Asian elephant female would probably be used as the surrogate mother to any baby mammoth produced by the cloning team.

The pay-off could be considerable. Each pair of pandas on display in public zoos is leased for nearly one million dollars a year.

The first zoo to host a living mammoth might well pay considerably more — and still make an impressive profit on the woolly mammoth.

Here is a second video of the unboxing of the Yuka, the woolly mammoth:

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Woolly mammoths as they were in life

[Woolly mammoths in Europe as they might have looked in life painting by Mauricio Antón and the 2008 Public Library of Science via Creative Commons]
[Woolly mammoth top painting by Flying Puffin via Wikimedia Commons]

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7 Responses to “Woolly Mammoth With Liquid Blood Goes On Display Saturday”

  1. Alex Ramos

    breed a mammoth so it can be put into captivity and have these scientists sit on their high horse. F them

  2. Ross Hoerman

    Is it just me, or should "profit" not even enter the discussion when considering cloning a mammoth?

  3. Beany Dee

    @Stephen L…. they would become the 114th Congress…..

  4. Raymond Troy Hopson

    The religious community would go apeshit and probably lose it, along with most humans rights organizations. I wonder if the big jokes, PETA and ALF, will take up arms for or against this… Probably will loath the idea, but when it's done will throw a fit about how it is living, no matter the conditions. You could set it free, in which case they would freak about how it's interfering with other animals. Or you could keep it in a huge exhibit, in which case they would go crazy over it being cruelly treated.
    All in all, the scientific community is gonna get some serious backlash with whatever they decide to do with this. However, @ Alex. Yeah, clone it to learn more about the past and knowledge about nature to people around the world? How terrible.

  5. Ralph DeSarro

    I agree with Ross, profit should NOT be a factor when it comes to a living, breathing creature. Why do people have to make a buck off of everything? If they do clone her, I hope she grows BIG LONG Tusks that she can plunge straight up the ASS of the first person to make a buck off of her, LOL.