Next stop France for oldest baby mammoth





Name: Khoma. Looks like: A baby mammoth. Age: somewhere above 50,000 years. Discovered in the permafrost of northern Siberia just last year, this rare example of prehistoric monster is on its way to Paris to be analysed, treated for the germs it's harbouring and eventually placed on display.

Khoma -- it's unclear whether it's male or female -- died aged just six or seven months. It was discovered by a hunter in July 2009 in melting permafrost on the banks of the river Khroma some 2,000 kilometres (1,300 miles) north of Yakutsk near the Arctic Ocean.

Afterwards, Khoma will be transported to Puy-en-Velay in central France for studies and a general autopsy before going on public display in an exhibition on mammoths and their prehistoric contemporaries.



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