39,000-year-old woolly mammoth goes on display in Japan

Emma Sleight

Yuka, the woolly mammoth who died when she was 10-years-old and was frozen in the Russian snow, has gone on display to the public in Yokohama, Japan.

39,000-year-old woolly mammoth on diplay in Japan
39,000-year-old woolly mammoth on diplay in Japan

Yuka was discovered three years ago in Siberia and is the best preserved example of her species.

Woolly mammoths became extinct around 10,000 years ago although it is believed that isolated pockets survived until much later, some up to as late as 4,000 years ago on Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean.

Yuka is so well preserved that a journalist from natureworldnews.com repoted that the carcass contained liquid blood along with red flesh and fur, which could be used to clone the animal according to scientists.

Semyon Grigoryev, the head of the expedition that found Yuki, told AFP: "This is the most astonishing case in my entire life. How was it possible for it [the blood] to remain in liquid form? And the muscle tissue is also red, the colour of fresh meat."

Yuka can be seen until the 16 September.

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