Remains of woolly mammoth found in RussiaMay 27th, 2011 - 8:59 pm ICT by IANS
Moscow, May 27 (IANS/RIA Novosti) The remains of a woolly mammoth have been discovered by a group of students in the remote northeast Russian region of Yakutia, an official said Friday.
The students found the prehistoric remains while searching for charcoal to use in their metalwork course, said a spokesman from the local education department.
“One of the students was digging with a shovel when she ran into something hard. The students began digging to see what it was and pulled out a large section of the hip bone of a big mammal,” he said.
Archaeologists were immediately brought to the site. They confirmed that the bones belonged to a mammoth.
The mammoth - a close relative of the modern-day elephant - was known for its furry coat, huge tusks and giant dimension. It is thought to have appeared on earth some 4.8 million years ago.
While most woolly mammoths died approximately 12,000 years ago, a dwarf version survived on Russia’s Wrangel Island in the Arctic Ocean till 1700 B.C.
- Siberian fragments may help resurrect mammoth - Sep 12, 2012
- Climate change led to mammoth extinction in Russia - Jun 13, 2012
- Russian, South Korean scientists vow to revive mammoth - Mar 14, 2012
- Thriving wolf population threatens northern Russia - Apr 20, 2012
- Scientists excited about mammoth discovery in Iowa - Jun 07, 2012
- 10 killed in illegal Egyptian archaeological dig - Mar 12, 2012
- Russian faces jail for killing his rapist - May 11, 2012
- Four killed in Russian chopper crash - Jul 05, 2012
- World War II shell found near Euro stadium in Ukraine - Jun 08, 2012
- Woolly mammoth to be brought back to life in five years - Dec 04, 2011
- Weaning infants late led to woolly mammoth's end? - Dec 22, 2010
- Siberian bear kills man - Jul 31, 2012
- Large diamond found in Siberia - Apr 21, 2011
- Nineteen prisoners attempt group suicide in Russia - Aug 14, 2012
- Poland votes in parliamentary polls - Oct 09, 2011
Tags: archaeologists, arctic ocean, bones, charcoal, dg, earth, education department, elephant, hip bone, local education, mammal, million years, ria novosti, russia moscow, russian region, shovel, spokesman, tusks, woolly mammoths, wrangel island