Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Baby Mammoth Preserved in the ice for 10,000 years: Ginger-haired baby mammoth shows signs of death struggle with lions - or early humans

A ginger-haired mammoth baby found in Siberia could have been snatched by hungry human hunters from the jaws of a lion 10,000 years ago.

The body of the beast - the first ever found with its distinctive 'strawberry blonde' hair - has been described as being of 'huge' significance.

It's could be evidence that ancient humans attacked and fed on mammoths in Siberia, with the body of 'Yuka' showing wounds consistent with an attack by lions AND people.

'There is dramatic evidence of a life-and-death struggle between Yuka and some top predator, probably a lion,' said Daniel Fisher, professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Michigan in an interview with the BBC.

‘Even more interesting, there are hints that humans may have taken over the kill at an early stage.'

The remains were found by Siberian hunters and handed to the Mammuthus organisation. Read More