Skip to comments.Next stop France for oldest baby mammoth
Posted on 06/26/2010 10:43:31 AM PDT by SunkenCiv
Name: Khoma. Looks like: A baby mammoth. Age: somewhere above 50,000 years. Discovered in the permafrost of northern Siberia just last year, this rare example of prehistoric monster is on its way to Paris to be analysed, treated for the germs it's harbouring and eventually placed on display... Khoma is the eldest of six baby mammoths found in Siberia over the past 200 years, said Bernard Buigues, a noted French expert on the herbivores who works in close collaboration with Russian authorities... "It wasn't possible to use carbon 14 to date it, which means it's more than 50,000 years old as carbon-dating isn't effective after that point," he told AFP... It was discovered by a hunter in July 2009 in melting permafrost on the banks of the river Khroma some 2,000 kilometres (1,300 miles) north of Yakutsk near the Arctic Ocean... Buigues, 55, is a renowned mammoth specialist who in 1999 unearthed Jarkov, a rare adult woolly mammoth. Early microbiological analysis have shown Khoma is harbouring very old but potentially lethal germs, most probably anthracis, which can cause anthrax and black lung disease, thus demanding extreme precautions for its transport here and further analysis... "we treated Ramses II's mummy in 1977. It was less than 1,800 years old and was infected with a fungus that was attacking it," Laurent Cortella, the lab's nuclear physician who will treat Khoma, told AFP.
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Mammoth Khoma is seen in March 2010 in Yakutsk. Discovered in the permafrost of northern Siberia just last year, this rare example of prehistoric monster is on its way to Paris to be analysed, treated for the germs it's harbouring and eventually placed on display. (AFP/Mammuthus 2010-2014/Francis Latreille)
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Kid needs to get that dog some food right away.
No, it’s just a little dehydrated.
Just a tad.
Prehistoric, it’s what’s for dinner: Have explorers had feasts of woolly mammoth?
“Khoma is harbouring very old but potentially lethal germs, most probably anthracis”
Best well done?