I’m all about the Pleistocene epoch tonight. Something about megafauna just makes be all gooshy inside.If I were designing a species, I’d definitely be a “k strategist”; call me a sentimental. As I think everyone has heard by now, a baby mammoth named Lyuba by a researcher, in honor of his wife, was found in the Yamal Peninsula of Russia, by a reindeer herder. Two different shifts of mammoths existed in the area, clade I and clade II, one of which was more geographically widespread than the other.
The Nenets, the people of the region, are fiercely protective of their culture (Jstor password required), and the discoverer, Yuri, has mixed feelings on the discovery. It appears the baby died at around the age of one month old, of suffocation.
It makes me sad that a baby mammoth died of suffocation, but it might just be because of the hearthwrenching scene depicted on this National Geographic page. They will pull your heartstrings, guys.
- Wooly Mammoth Found In Siberia Still Has Liquid Blood In It – Frozen Mammoth Discovery Reopens Debate Over Cloning (planetsave.com)