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40,000 year old woolly mammoth discovered on 6,000 year old earth

Posted by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 2:06 AM
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The most complete woolly mammoth specimen ever found is the female woolly mammoth named Lyuba, who scientists believe died in Siberia about 42,000 years ago.


A man herding reindeer in Russia's Arctic found the perfectly-preserved, 40,000-year-old body of a baby woolly mammoth.

The creature's carcass was sticking up out of the permafrost, local officials said. The discovery came in the same area a mammoth calf dubbed Lyuba was found four years ago, authorities told Reuters. They are sending out an expedition to examine the find and possibly recover it.

"If it is true what is said about how it is preserved, this will be another sensation of global significance," expedition leader Natalia Fyodorova said in a statement on the Arctic Yamalo-Nenetsk region's website.

Scientists hope to bring the remains to the regional capital Salekhard, where it would be stored in a cooler to prevent decomposition.

Giant woolly mammoths have been extinct for at least 12,000 years. In the case of Lyuba, arctic ice kept the mammoth so well preserved that skin and organs were intact. She was named for the wife of the hunter who discovered her.

Woolly mammoths grew to as much as 10 feet tall and eight tons. Some scientists believe it could be possible to bring the beast back from extinction is enough well-preserved genetic material can be taken from a preserved carcass. It is believed to be most directly related to the Asian elephant.

http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/weird/Russian-Reindeer-Herder-Discovers-Baby-Mammoth-in-Arctic-128063788.html

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Susan0805
by Silver Member on Jul. 31, 2013 at 2:09 AM
How could they possible determine the remains are 40,000 years old? I need to hear details about how this determination is made?
stormcris
by Christy on Jul. 31, 2013 at 2:09 AM

Do you believe the earth is 6000 years old? or did I miss something?

Friday
by HRH of MJ on Jul. 31, 2013 at 2:17 AM

It's not really that old, Satan only made it seem that way.

My brother posted a great quote on FB about how shocked the Sumerians were when the Earth was created right in the middle of their thriving culture.

 


Thank God......it's Friday!!!

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by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 2:19 AM
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by Pepperlynn on Jul. 31, 2013 at 2:23 AM
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Tongue in cheek :)

Quoting stormcris:

Do you believe the earth is 6000 years old? or did I miss something?


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by Pepperlynn on Jul. 31, 2013 at 2:25 AM

Carbon Dating

Presuming the rate of production of carbon-14 to be constant, the activity of a sample can be directly compared to the equilibrium activity of living matter and the age calculated. Various tests of reliability have confirmed the value of carbon data, and many examples provide an interesting range of application.

Carbon-14 decays with a halflife of about 5730 years by the emission of an electron of energy 0.016 MeV. This changes the atomic number of the nucleus to 7, producing a nucleus of nitrogen-14. At equilibrium with the atmosphere, a gram of carbon shows an activity of about 15 decays per minute.

The low activity of the carbon-14 limits age determinations to the order of 50,000 years by counting techniques. That can be extended to perhaps 100,000 years byaccelerator techniques for counting the carbon-14 concentration.

Origin of carbon-14
Quoting Susan0805:

How could they possible determine the remains are 40,000 years old? I need to hear details about how this determination is made?


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by Ashley on Jul. 31, 2013 at 2:31 AM
Neat!
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