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39,000 years old.. that's an ice age for a mammoth.

Byline: VICKY SMITH

SOME things are worth waiting for - even if it is 39,000 years in the case of this woolly mammoth The remains of the beast were found on the frozen New Siberian Islands off Russia with much of her fur and trunk intact. And the ice had kept her so well preserved scientists could even extract blood, which they hope can be used to clone woolly mammoths. Experts believe the ice age animal, named Yuka, was between 50 and 60 years old when she died. Semyon Grigoriev, head of the Museum of Mammoths at Yakutsk, Siberia, said: "It is the first time we managed to obtain mammoth blood. No one has ever seen before how the mammoth's blood flows. The lower part of the body, including lower jaw, and tongue tissue, was preserved well. "We suppose that the mammoth fell into water or got bogged down in a swamp, could not free herself and died."

She was discovered in May. That was certainly a mammoth moment in history.

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Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EXRU
Date:Jul 10, 2013
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