Wednesday, April 11, 2012

World's Most Well Preserved Mammoth Goes On Tour In Asia

A baby mammoth preserved for more than 40,000 years in Siberian ice and snow is embarking on its first tour across Asia.

The perfectly preserved carcass, named Lyuba, will go on display on Thursday in Hong Kong, before traveling to exhibits in China, Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan. Lyuba toured North America in 2010.

Scientists estimate Lyuba died by drowning in a mudslide when she was one month old, and her body remained trapped in the "frigid Siberian river muck," according to the Chicago Tribune.

Since then, her body, tusks and organs have remained remarkably intact, providing scientific insight into the life of mammoths during the ice age. There were even still traces of her mother's milk in her stomach, according to the Daily Mail.

Lyuba, whose carcass is 42,000 years old, was found by a reindeer herder in Russia's Yamal Peninsula in 2007. Her body is on loan from the Shemanovsky Museum in Russia.

At the exhibit at the IFC Mall in Hong Kong, the public will be able to view Lyuba's body in a specially chilled room.

'I guess China will be China, but exhibited in a mall just doesn't seem right.'


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