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15:34 | Jul 09 | 2014

Mammoth with traces of human interference to be exhibited in Russia for the first time

 For the first in Russia, people are going to see a mammoth with signs of the interference of ancient man and the cave lion, says Albert Protopopov, Head of the Mammoth Research Department, Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia).

"From July 5 to October, in Vladivostok, there will be an exhibition of the Yuka mammoth, which was found in Yakutia. The exhibit has never been displayed in Russia, - said Protopopov. - The exhibition coincides with the 130th anniversary of the Russian Geographical Society. Later in October, there will be a large exhibition in Moscow."

This finding, according to the scientist, is unparalleled, since for the first time the mammoth has been found with traces of the ancient man and the cave lion interference. "The mammoth was cut from the top and had the fat hump and spine removed, which suggests the idea that this operation was done by a primitive man. The mammoth also bears traces of claws and teeth of a cave lion" - said Protopopov.

The Yuka mammoth is the only mammoth found with its brain preserved. Now the brain is being studied in Moscow together with the Institute of Human Physiology.

The approximate age of the female Yuka mammoth, which was found in Ust-Yansky region of Yakutia on the shore of the Laptev Sea in 2009, is 6-11 years.