World's most complete mammoth was found by a reindeer herder and his sons in Russia in 2007.
The large black crate was sent from Russia with Love. Laid on cloth and packed in foam, the world's most complete mammoth arrived in Britain on Monday to go on public display at the Natural History Museum in London.
A reindeer herder, Yuri Khudi, and his sons found the remains in 2007 while searching for wood along the frozen Yuribei river on the Yamal peninsula. The mammoth was sent to Shemanovsky Museum in northern Sibera and named Lyuba, after Khudi's wife. It is the Russian word for love.
Lyuba lived 42,000 years ago and was only 85cm tall and 130cm long – the size of a large dog – when she died at one month old. She was in perfect condition, and scans have revealed how she met her end. Her trunk was filled with mud, leading researchers to suspect that she sank quickly into a mudpool that froze and preserved her body. In the millennia that passed, Lyuba's body became mummified.
"It was thrilling to see her in the flesh," said Adrian Lister, at the Natural History Museum. "The preservation is remarkable. There are parts of her anatomy that we've never seen before."
Written By: Ian Sample
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