The body of an “exquisitely preserved” young woolly mammoth has been discovered, and shows the pre-historic animals had “strawberry-blonde” hair.
The juvenile mammoth, which was found in a frozen cliff in Siberia, gives an important insight into the unknown secrets of the animal including hair and eye color. An examination of its body, described by scientists as having “huge significance”, is even said to show human beings “stole” their food from hunting lions, with wounds consistent with attack from both predators. The well-preserved mammal, which has been named Yuka, is thought to have been between three and four years old when it died and still has its foot pads and ginger hair in tact. It may have laid unnoticed in its icy tomb for more than 10,000 years, experts said, with its injuries being perfectly frozen in time.