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42,000-Year-Old Mummified Baby Mammoth Attracts Visitors at London's Natural History Museum [PHOTOS]

Travelers Today       By    Althea Serad

Updated: May 22, 2014 12:35 PM EDT

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Scientists discover 42,000 year old Mammoth


Mummified baby mammoth is now the star attraction at London's Natural History Museum. The mummified baby mammoth is aged 42,000 years old, reports the Washington Post.

According to the Guardian, the mummified baby mammoth was found in 2007 in the Yamal Peninsula in Russia by reindeer herder Yuri Khudi. Khudi and his sons reportedly discovered the mammoth while searching for wood along the frozen Yuribei River. Because Khudi discovered the mummified baby mammoth, it was named after Khudi's wife, Lyuba. Lyuba is the Russian word for "love."


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Scientists discover 42,000 year old Mammoth
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Scientists discover 42,000 year old Mammoth


On Monday, the mummified baby mammoth Lyuba arrived in London for a display at the Natural History Museum, according to the Washington Post.

The BBC reports that Lyuba is 51 inches tall, with a weight of 110 pounds and is believed to have died 42,000 years ago. According to the BBC, Lyuba was found to have clay in her trunk, which led scientists to believe she suffocated on it while getting water. "She is believed to have been discovered after her snowy grave thawed out during the spring and her remains washed up on a river bank."

According to The Guardian, scientists have now more knowledge because of Lyuba, the mummified baby mammoth. The Guardian said that scientists have already learned much from Lyuba. When scientists worked on her stomach contents, they found a congealed, brownish-white substance that turned out to be her mother's milk. "More mysterious, given that her teeth had not come into use, was the presence of chewed grass. She may have eaten her mother's dung to acquire the gut microbes needed to digest celluose."

The BBC also reported that scientists consider the mummified baby mammoth, Lyuba, as the most fully preserved mammoth ever found in history.

According to the BBC, the mummified baby mammoth's only defect was the tail which has been gnawed off by animals. "Her body looks slightly deflated, which Prof [Adrian] Lister explains is from her effectively being mummified under the weight of all that ice for so long. Traces of the blue, powdery mineral vivianite, which is commonly found on fossils, can be seen on her body."


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Scientists discover 42,000 year old Mammoth
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Scientists discover 42,000 year old Mammoth


Meanwhile, according to News Max, other beasts will also be part of the exhibit in London's Natural History Museum, together with the mummified baby mammoth. They include the woolly mammoth, the spiral-tusked Columbian mammoth, the island-dwelling dwarf mammoth, the fearsome sabre-tooth cat and the giant short-faced bear.

Mummified baby mammoth Lyuba, together with the other beasts, will reportedly be on display at London's Natural History Museum from May 23 until September 7.

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