There is an exciting discovery out of Siberia where Russian scientists have discovered a fully-grown female mammoth preserved in the ice. What is different is that not only does this animal have well-preserved muscle tissue but actual liquid blood. Yet, the godless scientists at the Institute of Applied Ecology are likely to be disappointed. Scientists were not only surprised to find running blood after pricking the body but found that the blood continued to run in the 10°C below zero temperature at the site. That leads them to believe that the mammoth’s blood has some type of “cryo-protective properties” previously unknown to scientists.
The mammoth was found on the Lyakhovsky Islands, the southernmost group of the New Siberian Islands in the Arctic seas of northeastern Russia. The blood is being put through bacteriological analysis while the scientists examine the muscle which has a natural red color of fresh meat. The animal is believed to have been between 50 and 60 years old. These animals lived 10,000 to 15,000 years ago. [Warning: creationists insist the Earth is only 5,000 years old so any Palinologists should stop reading at this point.]
The animal weighs about one ton and likely fell through the ice where she was preserved. Only three adult mammoth carcasses have been found in the history of paleontology. There remains a desire to bring back mammoths to life through the removal of DNA, though no live cells have been found in prior animals.
What is particularly remarkable about this story is that Vladimir Putin did not claim to have both killed and then 10,000 years later discovered the animal.