The frozen remains of a woolly mammoth discovered by a young Russia boy is a well-preserved carcass of a teenage mammoth that lived in the Siberian Tundra 30,000 years ago, Russian scientists announced. Yevgeny Salinder, a 11-year-old-boy, found the mammoth near the Sopochnaya Karga cape, 3,500 kilometers (2,200 miles) northeast of Moscow, with the animal's limbs out of the frozen mud.
The carcass was transported via a helicopter to the town of Dudinka in Russia for further analysis. Experts have already determined some key details of the animal. The 16-year-old mammoth, named unofficially as Zhenya after the boy, was just about 6 feet 6 inches tall and weighed only 1,100 pounds which is "pretty small for his age," Alexei Tikhonov, the deputy head of the Zoological Institute in the Russian Academy of Sciences.
When scientists examined the carcass of the mammoth, they found that the animal was a male. They were able to retrieve the skin, hair, tusk, bones and the reproductive organs of the mammoth all well-preserved and intact. However, the DNA of the mammoth was found damaged making it unsuitable for cloning. For long, researchers have been planning to clone the woolly mammoth. Scientists have been hoping to find out the living cells required for the cloning process. Recent discovery of a well-preserved mammoth recovered from the northeastern province of Yakutia in Siberia has already raised hopes for cloning the animal.
Via Dr. Stefan Gruenwald