Liquid Mammoth blood found

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Oh cool, scientists have found liquid mammoth blood in the corpse of a frozen mammoth in Siberia.

How cool would it be to grow a new live mammoth from the DNA.

The frozen remains of a mammoth have been discovered on an island north of Siberia — with blood that is still liquid.

The 10,000-year-old beast was found on one of the Lyakhovsky Islands in  theNovosibirsk archipelago off the northern coast of Siberia. Researchers from the Northeastern Federal University in Yakutsk poked the remains with an ice pick, and, incredibly, blood flowed out.

Semyon Grigoriev, chairman of the university’s Museum of Mammoths and head of the expedition, said: “The fragments of muscle tissues, which we’ve found out of the body, have a natural red colour of fresh meat. The reason for such preservation is that the lower part of the body was underlying (sic) in pure ice, and the upper part was found in the middle of tundra. We found a trunk separately from the body, which is the worst-preserved part.”

The temperature was ten degrees celsius below zero when the mammoth was found, so the discovery of liquid blood was a shock. “It can be assumed that the blood of mammoths had some cryo-protective properties,” Grigoriev said. “The blood is very dark, it was found in ice cavities below the belly and when we broke these cavities with a pick, the blood came running out.”

Analysis of the mammoth’s teeth and bones showed it to be between 50 and 60 years old when it died. Its partially-consumed state — with her trunk found separately nearby — left the researchers believing she may have fallen through ice while fleeing predators.


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