The surprisingly well-preserved body of a woolly mammoth calf is on loan from Siberia to Victoria’s Royal British Columbia Museum. The infant mammoth is thought to have been one month old at the time that she drowned and froze to death 40,000 years ago. Lyuba is named for the wife of the Siberian shepherd who discovered the mammoth. I’m sure the wife was thrilled about that. From CBC News:
New Royal BC Museum exhibit features Lyuba, a 40,000-year-old baby mammoth
Exhibit also features a dire wolf, made famous by Game of Thrones
By Liam Britten, CBC News Posted: May 29, 2016 6:00 AM PTLast Updated: May 29, 2016 1:33 PM PT
Dire wolves, mastodons and short-faced bears, oh my.
Those are just some of the creatures featured in a new exhibit at Victoria’s Royal BC Museum called Mammoths: Giants of the Ice Age.
The exhibit includes a 40,000-year-old baby woolly mammoth as its centrepiece, which the museum calls the best-preserved specimen in existence.
The mammoth, on loan from the Shemanovskiy Yamal-Nenets District Museum and Exhibition Complex in Siberia, has been travelling the world since 2010.
The mammoth is named Lyuba, after the wife of the Siberian herder who discovered it, according to Evgeniya Khzyainov, deputy director and curator for the Shemonovskiy Museum.
Khzyainov told All Points West’s Sterling Eyford that the mammoth was about one or two months old when it died by drowning.
“When she died she wasn’t damaged by other animals, she was frozen, and when she froze it was [lucky] she wasn’t damaged again by animals,” said Khzyainov…