Paleozoology. Researchers making measurements of the preserved carcass of a baby mammoth (Mammonteus sp.). The animal was found in the Yamal Peninsula in northern Russia, and was preserved by permafrost in the soil. The preserved cell material may be used for DNA sequencing. Various microorganisms and pollen grains may be preserved on and inside the carcass giving an indication of the climate and natural environment at the time of the animal's death. Photographed at the St Petersburg Zoology Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences in 1988.
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