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Mammoth Found by Boy Arrives in City for Tests

Published: April 24, 2013 (Issue # 1756)


ST. PETERSBURG (SPT) — The remains of a mammoth known as Zhenya arrived in St. Petersburg on April 22 from the Krasnoyarsk region for study and conservation, Interfax reports.

The study of the animal’s remains will be performed by 15 scientists from Russia and abroad at the Zoological Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

At the end of the research period, the remains will be returned to the Taimyr Regional Museum, located in the Krasnoyarsk region, as the paleontological finding is the property of the region.

The remains of the mammoth were found by 11-year-old Yevgeny Salinder during a walk in the Taimyr area of the Krasnoyarsk region during the fall of last year.

So far, the scientists have established that the mammoth was between 15 and 16 years old when it died. The remains of have been preserved in very good condition and most of the inner organs have not been damaged by time.

Scientists say there has not been such an important find of this kind since 1901, Interfax reported.

The mammoth was named Zhenya in honor of the boy who made the discovery.





 


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