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A woolly mammoth, thought to be thousands of years old, which was found in an amazingly well preserved state in Siberia, Russia, will go on display in Japan in the city of Yokohama, according to reports.
The woolly mammoth was found preserved in ice and has since been named Yuka by scientists. The mammoth measures in at 3 meters long and was discovered three years ago.
Scientists have been amazed at how well preserved the animal is, and much of its fur is still in tact having been preserved by the frozen ice in the region.
The woolly mammoth is scheduled to be put on display in Japan from July 13, and will be available to the public until September.
The news about the Woolly mammoth going on display also comes as another astonishing woolly mammoth find has emerged.
In just May 2013, a woolly mammoth was also found in the Arctic, and in that case the animal was so well preserved that it contained actual liquid blood still within the body.
The appearance and behavior of this species are among the best studied of any prehistoric animal due to the discovery of frozen carcasses in Siberia and Alaska, as well as skeletons, teeth, stomach contents, dung, and depiction from life in prehistoric cave paintings.
Mammoth remains had long been known in Asia before they became known to Europeans in the 17th century. The origin of these remains was long a matter of debate, and often explained as being remains of legendary creatures. The animal was only identified as an extinct species of elephant by Georges Cuvier in 1796.
The woolly mammoth was roughly the same size as modern African elephants. Males reached shoulder heights between 2.7 and 3.4 m (9 and 11 ft) and weighed up to 6 tons (6.6 tons). Females averaged 2.6–2.9 meters (8.5–9.5 ft) in height. A newborn calf weighed about 90 kilograms (200 lb).
The woolly mammoth was well adapted to the cold environment during the last ice age. It was covered in fur, with an outer covering of long guard hairs and a shorter undercoat.