Other Frozen Mammoths

Many other mammoth finds have been made in Siberia and Alaska, but most of these animals are not nearly as well preserved as the baby Dima specimen. The larger size of adult mammoths, and their greater gastrol-intestinal content, keeps a freshly deceased animal warmer longer, which allows the carcass to decompose more fully than the small carcass of baby Dima did. Also, whereas Dima was found still frozen in the ground, most mammoths are exposed through erosional processes, and are thus subject to a longer period of renewed decomposition after exposure to the air before their discovery and recovery by humans.

Go Back to the Table of Contents, or go on toThe Fall from Grace, to learn about how mammoths became extinct.