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Well-Preserved Mammoth Skeleton Found in Siberian Lake

MOSCOW—Russian scientists are working to retrieve the well-preserved skeleton of a woolly mammoth, which has some ligaments still attached to it, from a lake in northern Siberia.

Fragments of the skeleton were found by local reindeer herders in the shallows of Pechevalavato Lake on the Yamalo-Nenets region a few days ago. They found part of the animals skull, the lower jaw, several ribs, and a foot fragment with sinews still intact.

Woolly mammoths are thought to have died out around 10,000 years ago, although scientists think small groups of them may have lived on longer in Alaska and on Russias Wrangel Island off the Siberian coast.

Russian television stations on Friday showed scientists looking for fragments of the skeleton in the lakeside silt.

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People carry a mammoth bone fragment in the Pechevalavato Lake in the Yamalo-Nenets region, Russia, on July 22, 2020. (Artem Cheremisov/Governor of Yamalo-Nenets region of Russia Press Office via AP)
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People dig in silt searching for mammoth bone fragments in the Pechevalavato Lake in the Yamalo-Nenets region, Russia, on July 22, 2020. (Artem Cheremisov/Governor of Yamalo-Nenets region of Russia Press Office via AP)

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