Lyuba comes to London

The world’s most complete mammoth has arrived in London for the upcoming exhibition Mammoth: Ice age giants that opens this week at the Natural History Museum. Gently packed with foam and cloth, she has travelled far since a family of reindeer herders discovered her along the frozen Yuribei river in northern Siberia. She was named her after their wife/mother, though Lyuba in Russian also means love. She died 42,000 years ago aged one month after getting stuck and drowning in a mudpool that later froze and mummified her. Lyuba had mother’s milk still in her stomach, as well as chewed grass, which is surprising considering her teeth hadn’t developed enough for solid food. Several anatomical features of these amazing mammals are only known from her. Via Facebook.

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