Frozen mammoth gets day in sun

Kyodo

An almost perfectly preserved frozen mammoth, excavated from the permafrost in eastern Siberia, was unveiled to the media Tuesday in Yokohama, where it will be on display from Saturday.

The 3-meter-tall mammoth is a 10-year-old female and is presumed to have died about 39,000 years ago. The frozen carcass, named “Yuka” after Russia’s Sakha (Yakutia) Republic where it was discovered, is believed to be one of the world’s largest.

Excavated in 2010, Yuka has a long trunk, arms and legs preserved in almost perfect condition. Since then, the carcass was conserved and studied by researchers at an institute in Russia.

The mammoth was shipped in a special container from Vladivostok to Sakaiminato, Tottori Prefecture, and was transported by land to Yokohama. The carcass will be shown to the public for the first time during an exhibition at Pacifico Yokohama from Saturday to Sept. 16, organizers said.

During the exhibition, about 100 samples of other extinct species, including similar species of rhinoceros that lived around the same time as mammoths, will be also displayed. Visitors will be allowed to touch the body of the woolly mammoth.

“It’s a priceless opportunity to see the whole carcass of a mammoth,” said an official of the organizer. “I hope many people will come to see it.”

An exhibition featuring a frozen mammoth was also held at the EXPO 2005 in Aichi Prefecture. However, only parts of the carcass were displayed.

  • Itsrealfunnythat

    Oh man…. I hope they bring it back to life Jurassic Park Style….

  • joe_shiki

    I wonder if this is a good idea. And “Visitors will be allowed to touch the body of the woolly mammoth.”
    Really? For such a rare specimen, do we really want little kids with dirty fingers pawing this ‘priceless’ treasure?

    • Charlie Sommers

      I agree, Yuka should be displayed under glass and people with possibly grubby hands should not be allowed to contaminate this gift from the frozen tundra.

  • joe_shiki

    I took my kids to see the mammoth, and it was great. They have the baby mammoth behind glass in a cooled glass box, and no pictures are allowed of it. There’s also a baby prehistoric wooly rhino.
    Lots of explanation about the Ice Age and what the mammoth ate, where it lived, how it lived, its teeth, bones, tusks, etc, as well as the animals that lived at the time.
    As for touching the fur, the article above was a bit unclear, but they have fur from mammoths in a plastic box separate from the wooly mammoth, with a plexiglass plate on top, and in the plate are little holes to stick your fingers through. That is how you touch the hair.
    It was a good exhibit overall, and not crowded.