Woolly mammoth arrives in Japan from Russia

A 39,000-year-old frozen woolly mammoth is unpacked on Tuesday in Yokohama, Japan, where it is to be exhibited. The mammoth, nicknamed Yuka, was discovered three years ago with relatively intact body and fur in Russias Sakha Republic. She is believed to have died when she was 10 years old. Woolly mammoths became extinct around 4,000 years ago

Media companies, the Yomiuri Shimbun, Nippon Television Network Corporation, BS Nittere and a ticketing company, Pia, sponsored the exhibit.

It is the first chance for the public to see a carcass whose body, but more importantly, fur is relatively intact.

‘With this, we can dig deeper into the reasons why extinct species became extinct and apply the lessons learnt to the human race which might be facing its own dangers of extinction. I think it can help us learn to reflect more deeply about our own existence,’ mammoth expert Norihisa Inuzuka told Reuters.

Yuka is missing her organs and debate continues regarding when they were removed and where they are now.

Scientists have put the mammoth at the top of the list of extinct animals to revive and have cloning attempts began in the 90s.

The exhibition lasts from July 13 and wraps up on September 16, 2013.



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