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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  • motorizer

    bugger. i had hoped they would find a Mastodon. oh well…. a mammoth will have to do.

    • Travis Poulson

      You’re in luck, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsdIO8RHMTc

      Thank me later.

      • motorizer

        and just like that im turning motorhead off on my ipod and putting Mastodon on!

        • Travis Poulson

          love Mastodon. Their singing is a bit average live, but music is awesome.

  • Cadwallader

    If it can be re-created the greens will ban it for its farting!

  • steve and monique

    What caliber would be suitable??.

    • Travis Poulson

      120mm.

  • thor42

    Hopefully they’ll find a sabre-toothed tiger with liquid blood. Cloning one of *those* would be pretty cool….. ;)

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