Russian scientists have recovered blood from a woolly mammoth so well preserved that hopes of obtaining viable DNA for 'cloning' the extinct species have surged again. The blood was in ice cavities below its belly and flowed freely when these were broken with a pick. The find was announced by the expedition's head, Dr Semyon Grigoriev, chairman of the Museum of Mammoths at Russia's North Eastern Federal University. Scientists from the Russian Geographical Society were also involved.
This mammoth is believed to be 10,000 to 15,000 years old. This is still the most common sort of timeframe given for mammoth extinction, despite long-standing secular suggestions that in some places they survived till around 4,000 years ago. Of course, a post-Flood biblical Ice Age scenario for the freezing (see ), less than 4,000 years ago, seems much more believable in the light of this find.
In fact, even that seems a long time for something to last 'in the freezer'. The fact that the blood remained liquid even at subzero temperatures in the lab has revived discussion about mammoth blood containing special 'antifreeze' proteins (cf.).
This is of course not as sensational for creationists as the discoveries of flexible soft tissue, nucleated cells, identifiable protein and even DNA from (unfrozen) dinosaur fossils supposed to be at least 65 million years old (see ). But it is one more thing that helps bring home the reality—namely, that the whole creation is really much more 'fresh' than we have been led to believe.•
Mammoth found with flowing blood, news.ninemsn.com.au, 30 May 2013.
Can a mammoth carcass really preserve flowing blood and possibly live cells?, nature.com, 30 May 2013.