Scientist examining carcass of baby mammoth

Scientist examining carcass of baby mammoth


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Paleozoology. A scientist examines the remarkably well preserved carcass of a baby mammoth (Mammonteus sp.). The animal was found in the Susuman district of 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 Severo-Vostock Research Institute of the Russian Academy of Science at Magadan.

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