See a 39,000 year-old woolly mammoth that still has its fur

After being in the ground for nearly 40,000 years, this mammoth is still sporting some fuzz.

This week a 39,000-year-old baby female mammoth specimen nicknamed "Yuka" was unveiled to the public for the first time in Yokohama, Japan, where it will be on display through Sept. 16. 

Yuka was first unearthed in 2010 in the Sakha Republic of Russia. She was so well-preserved that researchers were able to extract some of her blood, which they hope to use along with other samples in ongoing efforts to potentially clone a mammoth. Her muscle tissue is also largely intact, and as you can see in the photo above (and the photo below), her body still features a good amount of fur, particularly around the legs.

Yuka isn't completely intact, though. Pieces of her legs and her upper torso are missing, which could have been caused by ancient predators, though some scientists have theorized the parts may have been taken by early man.

"This is the first relatively complete mammoth carcass -- that is, a body with soft tissues preserved -- to show evidence of human association," Dr. Daniel Fisher, curator and director of the University of Michigan's Museum of Paleontology, said last year.

So, if you happen to be in Japan this summer, be sure to try and catch a glimpse of this particularly fascinating prehistoric find.

(Via Huffington Post)


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