If you’ve never read The Moscow Times, today would be a good day to start. Whilst you do that, perhaps you should send your children outside with their digging equipment to ensure a bit of peace and quiet.
Why? A couple of days ago this paper reported that an 11-year old boy named Yevgeny had discovered a 30,000 year-old mammoth carcass in permafrost of the Taimir (also spelt as Taymyr or Taimyr) Peninsula. Hailed as the best-preserved specimen of its kind, the mammoth still has intact skin, fur, fat and internal organs. This will give scientists unprecedented opportunities to learn more about the biology of this long-dead mammal, as well as offer clues as to how the species evolved and eventually became extinct.
After detailed analysis by mammoth experts, the carcass will become an exhibit at the Taimir Regional Studies Museum.
[image thanks to geezaweezer on flickr]