Frozen in time: Woolly mammoth with strawberry-blonde hair found in Siberia

The body of a young woolly mammoth has been discovered – and it has strawberry-blonde hair. The “exquisitely preserved” remains – thought to be 10,000 years old – were found in a frozen cliff in Siberia.

And the incredible find supports scientists’ claims that not all mammoths had dark hair.

The animal, named Yuka, would have stood between nine and 15 feet tall and is thought to have been three to four years old when it died. It still has its foot pads and ginger hair in tact.

Kevin Campbell, associate professor of environmental and evolutionary physiology at the University of Manitoba, told the BBC that’s Yuka strawberry-blonde hair was an important discovery.
He said: “These are remarkably rare finds and have huge significance.”

Yuka’s injuries include a freshly broken leg and flesh wounds, which suggest it was attacked by lions – and possibly even humans.

Daniel Fisher, professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Michigan, said: “Already there is dramatic evidence of a life-and-death struggle between Yuka and some top predator, probably a lion. Even more interesting, there are hints that humans may have taken over the kill at an early stage.”


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