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Mammoth carcass found in Siberia shows how humans hunted


The mammoth carcass shows signs that humans and lions hunted together in earlier times.


Ethan Miller

A mammoth carcass discovered in Siberia points to the possibility that humans and lions hunted together.

If initial theories are confirmed, the finding would be the first mammoth carcass - known as "Yuka" - revealing signs of human hunting in the region, said Discovery News.

Due to flesh and bone wounds, scientists say the beast was likely killed by lions but butchered by humans afterward.

"Already there is dramatic evidence of a life-and-death struggle between Yuka and some top predator, probably a lion," said leading mammoth expert, Daniel Fisher, professor of earth and environmental sciences at the University of Michigan, according to BBC.

According to Discovery News, the absence of the skull, spine, ribs and pelvis, show that humans were likely involved in carving up the mammoth probably for food and warmth.

The young mammoth was found under a cliff in the frozen Siberian tundra.

It was thought to be 2 or 3 years old when it died.

It remains were so well preserved, according to the Telegraph, gives an important insight into the hair - strawberry blonde - and even shows that it had pink, fleshy skin.

The expedition was part of a collaboration between the BBC and Discovery Channel.