Of the124 radiocarbon dates on mammoth bone, 106 fall between 37 yr ago.
We believe these dates bracket the period of mammoth isolation on Wrangel Island and their ultimate extinction, which we attribute to natural causes.
The absence of dates between 9–12 ka probably indicates a period when mammoths were absent from Wrangel Island.
Long bone dimensions of Holocene mammoths from Wrangel Island indicate that these animals were comparable in size to those on the mainland; although they were not large animals, neither can they be classified as dwarfs.
The body of the mammoth is being flown to Japan for carbon dating to find out when she died.
Scientists will also use computerised scans to study its internal organs and skeleton.
Not only is its discovery providing new clues about the lifestyle of these prehistoric giants, it has also raised the tantalising prospect that its DNA could be used to create a cloned mammoth, bringing the creatures back from extinction.
The female calf was discovered in the frozen soils of north-west Siberia by a reindeer herder, Yuri Khudi.
In order to succeed, they would need to find a cell from the carcass containing a complete set of mammoth DNA.'In terms of its state of preservation, this is the world's most valuable discovery.' Some British researchers believe it is the most intact specimen found in more than two centuries.The discovery near the Yurlei River on the Yamal Peninsula of Russia has excited and astounded mammoth experts.Mammoths are close relatives of modern Asian and African elephants.They were covered in a thick coat of hair and had long curved tusks.Occurrence of mammoth Holocene refugia on the mainland is suggested.Based on other species of the Mammoth fauna that have also been radiocarbon on Wrangel Island, including horse, bison, musk ox and woolly rhinoceros, it appears that the mammoth was the only species of that fauna that inhabited Wrangel Island in the mid-Holocene.With its tightly closed eyes and curled up trunk, it looks like a sleeping baby elephant.But this astonishing creature last walked the Earth more than 10,000 years ago: it is the most perfectly preserved woolly mammoth ever unearthed.A staple of late night radio, it is heard in most markets during the overnight hours. deals down the middle with every issue under the sun." On August 2 (therefore ending early on August 3) the guest was Kent Hovind.As a scientist familiar with Hovind's material, I was interested in what he would present on the air, and how he would deal with questions from the audience. As a child, I grew up watching a TV cartoon show called Rocky and Bullwinkle.