Mammoth remains have been found in Europe, Africa, Asia, and North America. They are believed to have originally evolved in North Africa about 4.8 million years ago.
Recently, scientist discovery a 10,000 year old baby mammoth encased in a layer of permafrost near the Yuribei River in Russia. Scientists are hoping that the animal’s D.N.A. can be used to resurrect extinct members of the elephant family through the process of cloning.
A female baby mammoth carcass found in May has been named Lyuba after the wife of Yuri Khudi, the reindeer breeder and hunter who discovered the creature preserved in Russian permafrost. Lyuba will be housed in the Zoological Museum in Russia’s second city of St Petersburg.