Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Baby mammoth find promises breakthrough

The discovery of a baby mammoth preserved in the Russian permafrost gives researchers their best chance yet to build a genetic map of a species extinct since the Ice Age. "It's a lovely little baby mammoth indeed, found in perfect condition," said Alexei Tikhonov, deputy director of the Russian Academy of Science's Zoological Institute, which has been taking care of the mammoth since it was uncovered in May. "This specimen may provide unique material allowing us to ultimately decipher the genetic makeup of the mammoth," he said.

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