04/10/2012 02:07 pm ET

Frozen Baby Mammoth Goes On Display In Hong Kong (PHOTOS)

Meet Lyuba, the world's best-preserved baby mammoth.

Discovered in 2007 by a reindeer herder in the Siberian permafrost of the remote Yamal Peninsula, the mummified fossil of a one-month-old mammoth is more than 42,000 years old.

In 2010, when Lyuba was on display at Chicago's Field Museum, the Chicago Tribune reported that the mammoth is "almost perfectly intact right down to her baby fat" after spending thousands of years trapped in "frigid river muck."

Lyuba is now preserved in special desiccative packaging that removes all moisture from its body tissues, according to the Tribune.

The Ice Age relic will be on display at Hong Kong's IFC Mall on April 12, courtesy of Russia’s Shemanovsky Museum. Lyuba will later travel to China, Indonesia, Singapore and Taiwan, according to MSNBC.


Hundreds of species of megafauna -- giant animals such as mammoths -- became extinct in the late Quarternary period of earth's history. However, there is scientific debate as to whether migrating humans, climate change -- or both -- contributed to the widespread decline of these species.

Even though mammoths disappeared from the face of the earth tens of thousands of years ago, they are very much alive in the popular imagination, as well as in the scientific community. Recently, two scientists from South Korea and Russia vowed to clone a wooly mammoth.

MSNBC reported that another young mammoth, nicknamed "Yuka," was found preserved in ice near the Arctic Ocean in Siberia.

In February, The Huffington Post also reported on the credibility of a viral video of an alleged mammoth crossing a river in Siberia that was later revealed to be a hoax.



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