A Baby Mammoth discovered? Yes, as Waking the Baby Mammoth, a National Geographic documentary reveals. See video, photos and find out more about this astonishingly well preserved baby mammoth, estimated to be 40,000 years old, which reveals so much about prehistoric life.
Waking the Baby Mammoth airs on National Geographic Channel on Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The baby mammoth is also the cover story of the May issue of National Geographic magazine. The two-hour documentary was produced by Adrienne Ciuffo, directed by Pierre Stine and narrated by Victor Garber.
Waking the Baby Mammoth chronicles the amazing story of the baby mammoth, a female named Lyuba by scientists, who was only one month old at the time of her mysterious and as-yet unexplained death, 40,000 years ago, and reveals the forensic investigation that has ensued since the discovery, in Europe, Japan and North America.
A reindeer herder found the stunningly lifelike frozen baby mammoth on a riverbank in northwestern Siberia in 2007. To date, Lyuba is the most perfectly preserved woolly mammoth ever discovered. As such, the discovery has been a windfall for research scientists and the discovery made news worldwide. With the baby mammoth discovered, with it are many questions. Not least, how could she be so remarkably well preserved after 40,000 years? How did she die? What will a study of her reveal about the Ice Age? Can study of Lyuba reveal any new data about climate change? Can her DNA be extracted?
The mysterious death of the baby mammoth may have been due to a mud slide, scientists have postulated. Their preliminary analysis suggests that her remarkably preserved condition may result from the clay and silt that covered her and essentially “pickled” her.
“She was doing great, very healthy,” says paleontologist Dan Fisher of the University of Michigan, part of the international team researching Lyuba. “She just had this terrible misfortune.”
The National Geographic ‘Waking the Baby Mammoth’ title refers to the efforts of scientists to ‘awaken’ the baby mammoth, through their investigations, using CGI animation to recreate Ice Age and travel forward in time. Scientists have used all existing methods of woolly mammoth research which include advanced computed tomography (CT) scanning and DNA analysis, to find out more about the woolly mammoth species and its ultimate extinction.
The highly anticipated National Geographic Channel Waking the Baby Mammoth airs on Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. See also the channel’s Web site for an overview, photos and videos.
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