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In the permafrost

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Lubya:Well preserved mammoth.Photo: AP
Lubya:Well preserved mammoth.Photo: AP

The world's best-preserved mammoth, buried about 42,000 years ago, is on display at Hong Kong's posh harbour front shopping centre. The mammoth was discovered in the permafrost of Russia's Yamal Peninsula in 2007 by a reindeer herder. The female baby mammoth, named Lyuba, meaning “love” in Russian, remained almost fully intact with organs and eyelashes preserved; even traces of her mother's milk were found in Lyuba's stomach. Only her toenails, part of her tail, right ear and fur were missing. Scientists believe that this ice-age mammal was only a few months old when she probably drowned in a mudslide.


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