42,000-year-old baby mammoth on show in Hong Kong

Apr 11, 2012
The carcass of the world's most well-preserved baby mammoth, named Lyuba, is displayed in Hong Kong. Lyuba, whose carcass is 42 thousand years old was found by a reindeer herder in Yamal Peninsula in Russia on 2007.

The world's best-preserved mammoth, buried about 42,000 years ago, will go on display in Hong Kong this week, the organiser of its first exhibition in Asia said Wednesday.

Discovered in the of Russia's Yamal Peninsula in 2007 by a reindeer herder, the female baby mammoth named Lyuba remained almost fully intact with organs and eyelashes preserved.

Only her toenails, part of her tail, right ear and were missing.

Traces of her mother's milk were even found in Lyuba's stomach, said the IFC mall, the city's posh harbourfront shopping centre, which will showcase the animal for a month from Thursday.

Lyuba, which means "love" in Russian, has previously toured North America.

Scientists have said they believe the ice-age was only a few months old when she probably drowned in a mudslide, which "pickled" her in near-perfect condition.

Explore further: Scientists reproduce evolutionary changes by manipulating embryonic development of mice

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Baby mammoth preserved in frozen soil heads to Chicago

Oct 04, 2009

Sucked to her death in a muddy river bed, a baby woolly mammoth spent 40,000 years frozen in the Siberian permafrost where her body was so perfectly preserved traces of her mother's milk remained in her belly.

Scans became a mammoth project

Feb 22, 2010

Lyuba was not typical of the subjects Jason Polzin examines with X-ray, CT or MRI machines at GE Healthcare.

Japan, Russia see chance to clone mammoth

Dec 04, 2011

Scientists from Japan and Russia believe it may be possible to clone a mammoth after finding well-preserved bone marrow in a thigh bone recovered from permafrost soil in Siberia, a report said Saturday.

Recommended for you

Fragment of Ice Age ivory lion gets its head back

5 hours ago

Archaeologists from the University of Tübingen have found an ancient fragment of ivory belonging to a 40,000 year old animal figurine. Both pieces were found in the Vogelherd Cave in southwestern Germany, ...

Violent aftermath for the warriors at Alken Enge

Jul 29, 2014

Denmark attracted international attention in 2012 when archaeological excavations revealed the bones of an entire army, whose warriors had been thrown into the bogs near the Alken Enge wetlands in East Jutland ...

Dinosaurs doing well before asteroid impact

Jul 29, 2014

A new analysis of fossils from the last years of the dinosaurs concludes that extra-terrestrial impact was likely the sole cause of extinction in most cases.

User comments : 2

Adjust slider to filter visible comments by rank

Display comments: newest first

WorldJunkie
3 / 5 (2) Apr 11, 2012
"Lyuba" doesn't mean "love" in Russian. " Lyubov' " does, and it can also be a female name. "Lyuba" is a diminutive of it, but only in its name, not noun, context.
Burnerjack
not rated yet Apr 11, 2012
Can it be cloned?