Frozen Mammoth Yields Astounding Find
Blood poured from carcass, say scientists
By Arden Dier, Newser Staff
Posted May 30, 2013 8:59 AM CDT
Updated Jun 2, 2013 6:51 AM CDT
The frozen mammoth was 50 to 60 years old when it died. Researchers guess it fell through the ice while fleeing predators.   (Semyon Grigoriev/Northeastern Federal University)

(Newser) – When Russian scientists who discovered a frozen mammoth half encased in ice prodded the 10,000-year-old animal with an ice pick, they were in for quite the shock: out poured blood, they claim. "This is the most astonishing case in my entire life," expedition head Semyon Grigoriev tells the AFP, adding that, more astounding still, "the muscle tissue is also red, the color of fresh meat."

The discovery was made last month on a remote island off the northern coast of Siberia. Though he believes the female's upper body was long ago eaten by other animals, the lower body was encased in ice, preserving two legs and the stomach. Grigoriev tells the Siberian Times (which has a bunch of photos) he believes the preserved condition is due to the lucky fact that the carcass didn't defrost and refreeze over the years; he also cited the blood's possible "cryo-protective properties," reports Wired. He says the discovery will go a long way in aiding South Korea's efforts to clone a mammoth: It "gives us a really good chance of finding live cells."

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Jun 3, 2013 11:19 AM CDT
You know where this mammoth-cloning thing is headed... 1) Scientists successfully clone a mammoth. 2) Everyone thinks its cool (because, hey, it is) and wants one. 3) Celebrities and other ultra-rich drop millions for their own pet mammoths, making them super-trendy. 4) Every celebrity wannabe gets a cloned mammoth as the price drops. 5) The trend fades once people get tired of scooping mammoth poop and scientists start cloning saber-toothed cats. 6) Thousands of pet mammoths are abandoned, yet mate to produce even more unwanted mammoths. 7) Your neighborhood is overrun by feral mammoths who poop everywhere, bellow all night and who get hoarded by the local "crazy mammoth lady"...
Jun 2, 2013 9:03 PM CDT
Oh my GOD !!! DID THEY REALLY FIND EVE'S RING? Adam was looking all over for it after they got kicked out of Eden! Could it be that Eden was REALLY IN RUSSIA ???? STOP THE PRESSES.... we gotta REWRITE THE BIBLE a one-hundred-fortieth TIME !!!!
Jun 2, 2013 5:53 PM CDT
If they can really clone a mammoth, Purina better get working on Dinosaur Chow.