General, Research, Technology

A rare case: a complete skeleton of a mammoth was found in Russia

Sometimes it seems that the most interesting discoveries inareas of study of ancient animals are carried out anywhere, but not in Russia. However, in fact, this is far from the case - on the territory of our native Siberia, scientists from time to time find skeletons of mammoths, which other countries cannot boast of. Most often, such discoveries are made on the Yamal Peninsula, which is covered with frozen soil and strewn with numerous lakes. Recently, residents of the local village of Seyakha found several large bones on the shore of Lake Pechevalavato and quickly realized that these were the remains of another mammoth. To keep the bones in their appearance, they did not take them out of the water and informed Russian scientists about the find. Archaeologists arrived at the site on July 22, 2020 and announced that the discovered mammoth skeleton was almost one of a kind. But what is its uniqueness?

Mammoths reached a height of 5.5 meters, and their mass could be equal to 15 tons

In Russia, our mammoth

For the first time about the discovery of new mammoth boneson the island of Yamal became known thanks to the message of the Scientific Center for the Study of the Arctic. Residents of the village of Seyakha managed to find a skull, ribs and fragments of feet with tendons of an ancient animal. Scientists went to the peninsula in order to study the bones in more detail and conduct additional excavations. According to the director of the aforementioned scientific center Dmitry Frolov, other fragments of the mammoth skeleton could have survived at the bottom of the lake. After scientists arrived at the site where the remains of the mammoth were found, it turned out that he was right - during the excavations, scientists found many other bones.

Fragment of the skeleton of a mammoth found on the Yamal Peninsula

According to Interfax, during the excavation, scientistsmore than a dozen more rib bones, phalanges of the fingers and a femur were found. Part of the huge pelvic bone also protrudes from the soil, but, at the time of this writing, scientists have not yet been able to extract it. The researchers believe that at greater depths they will be able to find other fragments of the skeleton. To find them, they need a boat, special equipment and time - in this case there is no need to rush. It is likely that the locals managed to find a mammoth with a fully preserved skeleton.

The rest of the mammoth skeleton

Complete mammoth skeleton

According to scientists, such a find isamazing and very rare phenomenon. In most cases, they managed to find only fragments of skeletons, for which it was very difficult to reveal details about the life of ancient creatures. A complete skeleton can tell a lot about the way of life of woolly giants, about their nutrition and interaction with people. It is already known that the remains will be sent to the Museum named after I.S. Shemanovsky - first of all, scientists will need to determine the age of the bones. At the moment, it is only known that the mammoth died at a young age.

Do you know that the traces of ancient mammoth hunters can be found even without excavations?

Mammoths in Russia

In fact, on the territory of the Yamal Peninsulamany mammoth remains have been found. One of the first and most famous skeletons was excavated in 1988 - it belongs to a Yamal mammoth named Masha. It is noteworthy that we are not talking about the skeleton, but a full-fledged body with preserved hair and soft tissues. The discovery of this body at one time became a loud sensation - the mammoth visited exhibitions in Sweden, the USA and Japan. Subsequently, the ancient animal was embalmed and is currently kept in the museum of the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences (St. Petersburg).

Mammoth Masha

A body was also found on the Yamal mammoth Lyuba - this event happened in 2007. At the moment, these remains are considered the best-preserved of all - the ancient animal lacks only hooves, a few fragments of a tail, a right ear and a few scraps of hair. It is believed that the baby mammoth died about 40 thousand years ago and is well preserved thanks to bacteria living in the clay. Learn more about this sensational find in the National Geographic film Mammoth: Frozen in Time.

Luba the mammoth

Mammoths lived side by side with our distant ancestors. Recently, researchers from the University of Cambridge (England) found that the ancient inhabitants of the present Voronezh region hunted these huge creatures, ate their meat, and built strong structures from the bones. You can learn more about this discovery and what the Kostenki 11 parking lot is in this article. Enjoy reading!