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The Tadibe mammoth calf was discovered in the silt of Lake Pechenelava-To, Yamal, in July 2020, where scientists have concluded it had been preserved in Arctic permafrost since prehistoric times

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Woolly mammoth’s 45,000-year-old body

A 45,000-year-old woolly mammoth killed in an “accident” was suffering from roundworms when at the time of its death, scientists have discovered.

The Tadibe mammoth calf was discovered in the silt of Lake Pechenelava-To, Yamal, in July 2020, where scientists have concluded it had been preserved in Arctic permafrost since prehistoric times.

The male giant is more than four times older than originally believed – and “wore” three distinct coats of hair to protect it from the Siberian cold.

And new analysis has now shown eggs from the parasites were found in the extinct beast’s faeces.

Scientist Dr Pavel Kosintsev said the remains were “undeniably unique”.

“Not only bones were found, but also the remnants of soft tissues, coprolites (fossilised dung), and stomach contents,” he said.

The remains allowed scientists to reconstruct the appearance of a mammoth as well as the natural environment in which it lived and the way it lived.








Konstantin Tadibe (left) , a local resident who found the mammoth, helps to extract the Mammoth Tadibe from where it was found in the in Lake Pechenelava-To
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Press-service of YANAO governor)



The mammoth’s roundworm problem was not sufficient to impact on its health, experts concluded, after analysis by Professor Tatyana Sivkova from Perm State Agro-Technological University.

The mammoth was aged between 10 and 12 years old with a height of almost 9ft when it was killed.

Dr Kosintsev, from the Institute of Plant and Animal Ecology, Ural Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Yekaterinburg, said this was a “very large size” for a mammoth of such a young age.








A reconstruction of what the mammoth may have looked like
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The Siberian Times)



The mammoth had eaten well and did not have any obvious wounds nor digestive disease when it died, probably between July and September, based on its food.

“Based on all this, we make the assumption that the mammoth died due to some kind of accident,” Dr Kosintsev said.

The assumption was that the creature had fallen into an ice crack from which it could not get out – rather than from an attack by ancient man.








The remains were found and extracted by the joint team of archaeologists and paleontologists in August 2020
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Press-service of YANAO governor)



The mammoth was sporting an undercoat beneath its main layer of hair, and straggly “covering hair. Scientists believed it was likely in autumn that the thicker undercoat began to grow replacing the protection remaining from the previous winter.

Dr Kosintsev said current evidence wasn’t sufficient to determine the area the mammoth came from, though scientists hoped to establish this in the future.

The mammoth remains would later be exhibited.


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