Woolly mammoth with preserved poop, wool and ligaments dredged from Siberian lake

A man following a reindeer herd in northwestern Siberia made the discovery of a lifetime when he passed by a lake on July 20; poking out of the water was the enormous skull of a woolly mammoth dating back at least 10,000 years.

When scientists came to investigate the mammoth skull, they made an even larger discovery — recovery efforts unearthed most of the woolly mammoth’s (Mammuthus primigenius) remaining skeleton, some of its soft tissues and wool, and even a piece of fossilized poop (called a coprolite) that the mammoth may have passed before its death at the end of the last ice age.

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