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What remains now would then be ‘leftovers’ that were never retrieved.” He explained that the removed parts include most of the main core mass of Yuka’s body, including organs, vertebrae, ribs, associated musculature, and some of the meat from upper parts of the legs.The lower parts of each leg and the trunk remain intact.If further study confirms the preliminary findings, it would be the first mammoth carcass revealing signs of human interaction in the region.The carcass is in such good shape that much of its flesh is still intact, retaining its pink color.Buigues added that it appears the humans were particularly interested in the animal’s fat and its large bones, which they kept close to the body of the carcass.
Although carbon dating is still in the works, the researchers believe Yuka died at least 10,000 years ago, but may be much older. Fisher described what likely happened on that fateful day: “It appears that Yuka was pursued by one or more lions or another large field, judging from deep, unhealed scratches in the hide and bite marks on the tail,” Fisher said.“Yuka then apparently fell, breaking one of the lower hind legs.The juvenile mammoth was found entombed in Siberian ice near the shores of the Arctic Ocean and shows signs of being cut open by ancient people.The remarkably well preserved frozen carcass was discovered in Siberia as part of a BBC/Discovery Channel-funded expedition and is believed to be at least 10,000 years old, if not older.
Fisher, who is also a professor, worked with an international team of experts to analyze Yuka.
French mammoth hunter Bernard Buigues of the scientific organization “Mammuthus” saved the specimen from falling into the hands of private collectors.