Mummified penis of a mammoth

Mummified penis of a mammoth

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Credit: PHILIPPE PLAILLY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Penis of a mammoth. View of the mummified, well- preserved penis of a male mammoth. The glans tip of the organ is seen at left. The preserved state of tissue like this is due to mammoth remains thousands of years old being deep frozen in permafrost. Some specimens of woolly mammoth (Mammuthus primigenius) are found with the whole body intact. This enables scientists to conduct extensive research on internal body organs, muscles, brain, heart and DNA genetic material of cells. This penis may even yield sperm. Our knowledge of these extinct animals is based on the study of such remains.

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Keywords: animal, animals, fossil mammoth, mammoth, mammoth penis, mammoths, mammuthus sp., mummified, mummy, palaeontology, paleontology, penis

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