05/22/2009 05:12 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Baby Mammoth PHOTOS, VIDEO: Intact Carcass Provides Window Into Ice Age


Scientists believe that the discovery of an almost intact and extremely well-preserved baby mammoth will provide a window into the Ice Age:

Discovered in 2007, the 1-month-old mammoth died suddenly, probably trapped in mud. "She was doing great, very healthy," says paleontologist Dan Fisher of the University of Michigan, part of the international team researching Lyuba. "She just had this terrible misfortune."

Lyuba appears in the May National Geographic and in Waking the Baby Mammoth Sunday (9 p.m. ET/PT) on the National Geographic Channel. She's perhaps the best-preserved mammoth ever discovered: Lyuba's skin and internal organs appear intact, as well as traces of mother's milk found in her stomach. The only damage to the mammoth, which is less than 3 feet tall, are bite marks from village dogs.

Watch a video report from Reuters below.