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Woolly Mammoth Uncovered In Siberia Goes On Display In Japan (VIDEO)

07/10/2013 07:16 pm ET | Updated Jul 10, 2013

An extraordinarily well-preserved woolly mammoth uncovered in Siberia was revealed to the public for the first time this week in Japan.

While the baby female is not the first mammoth to be recently dug up in the remote region of Russia, what makes this find so special is the extent to which the animal's carcass is still intact.

In a video of the woolly mammoth being removed from its shipping container in Yokohama, Japan, the carcass appears to still have a considerable amount of its fur.

The muscle tissue is said to be sound, though the animal is missing pieces of its upper torso and legs -- those absent parts may have been the result of prehistoric predators or, as one expert suggested in 2012, an interaction with ancient humans.

"This is the first relatively complete mammoth carcass -- that is, a body with soft tissues preserved -- to show evidence of human association," Dr. Daniel Fisher, curator and director of the University of Michigan's Museum of Paleontology, told Discovery News last year.

When the 39,000-year-old mammoth, nicknamed "Yuka," was unearthed in Russia's Sakha Republic in 2010, researchers were able to extract a bit of its blood. The sample will be studied for its DNA and could potentially be used to clone the animal in the future.

Earlier this year, a team of scientists uncovered another female mammoth, estimated to be about 10,000 years old. Though the carcass was not nearly as intact as Yuka's, researchers were also able to obtain a vial of blood from the mammoth.

Yuka will be on display in Yokohama through Sept. 16.

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