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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Prehistoric mammoth scanned...

Full size life reconstruction of a mammoth (Ma...Image via Wikipedia As they may have been...
Prehistoric mammoth scanned.

Russian scientists recently obtained detailed images of a mammoth's internal organs. The animal - three to four months old when it died many thousands of years ago - was found intact in the ice of the Yamalo-Nenets region of Arctic Russia.

"This is the best preserved specimen not only of the mammoth, but of any prehistoric animal," said Alexei Tikhonov,the deputy director of the Russian Academy of Science's Zoological Institute. Computer tomography, similar to that used to scan human patients, showed no sign of injuries.

That the mammoth's airways and digestive system were "clogged" with what appears to be silt leads scientist to the conclusion that the animal must have drowned. The mammoth is a prehistoric ancestor of the modern elephant.

Acknowledgements: Awake magazine,June 2010


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