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Team of international scientists poised for hunt to new woolly mammoth graveyard

By Anna Liesowska
14 July 2013

After this year's discovery of uncongealed mammoth blood, experts are confident of new discoveries.

Team of international scientists poised for hunt to new woolly mammoth graveyard. Picture: the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk, The Siberian Times 

In around ten days, a team of Russian, US and Moldovan scientists will set out from Yakutsk to examine new mammoth remains in northern Siberia.

They refuse to disclose details of the remains they will investigate ahead of the expedition to the north-west of the Republic of Sakha - also known as Yakutia - which may lead to more progress towards bringing the woolly mammoth back to life. 

'We will go to the north-west of Yakutia on 22 July with scientists from Moldova and the US,' said Semyon Grigoryev, head of the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk. The purpose is 'the excavation of another mammoth', he confirmed. Details of this new carcass have not been disclosed but is seen as significant by scientists. 

Later another expedition including South Korean scientists will visit the 'Lyakhovsky' mammoth from which blood was obtained and is now being analysed under strict secrecy. One of the scientists taking part in the expedition has claimed that this mammoth may have been killed by ancient man.

'There maybe some kind of cut,' said Theodore Obade, the Institute of Zoology of the Academy of Sciences of Moldova. 'We should look the shape of this cut - it is possible that there is some sort of weapon, a spear, maybe'.

Mammoth expedition Siberia

After this year's discovery of uncongealed mammoth blood, experts are confident of new discoveries. Picture: Semyon Grigoryev

Having been moved from the Lyakhovsky in the Novosibirsk or New Siberian archipelago, the remains are being stored in an ice house on the Russian mainland. 

'In winter, we will bring the carcass to Yakutsk and will conduct further research,' said Grigoryev.

Analysis of the 'mammoth blood' reveals no pathogens. Apart from this details of the blood are shrouded in mystery possibly at the behest of South Korean scientists who are working to clone a mammoth and bring the species back to life.

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I want to hear more if it was actually blood that they've found, not some other liquid. The stories about it were huge but now its gone really quiet, I wonder why?
May, China
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