From Russia with love: Most complete woolly mammoth to go on public display

By Culture24 Reporter | 22 May 2014

Seen for the first time in western Europe, the 42,000-year-old most complete woolly mammoth ever found is visiting the Natural History Museum from Russia

A photo of a child holding a baby mammoth
Lyuba, the world's most complete woolly mammoth, shortly after her discovery in 2007© Shemanovsky Museum - Exhibition Complex
The most complete woolly mammoth ever found – a baby frozen in wet clay and mud, spotted by a reindeer herder in Russia’s Yamal Peninsula of Siberia seven years ago – will be shown to the public among a line-up of huge Ice Age creatures, 42,000 years after its death.

Named Lyuba, after discoverer Yuri Khudi’s wife, the one-month-old mammal was found by the herder and his sons while they searched for wood along the frozen Yuribei. Her name means ‘love’ in Russian.

A photo of a reindeer herder and his son in grey smocks within a snowy landscape
Yuri Khudi and son© Shemanovsky Museum - Exhibition Complex
“Lyuba is hugely important for helping us to understand the lives of ice age animals,” said Professor Adrian Lister, a Mammoths Researcher at the Natural History Museum.

“It’s an honour to be showcasing the world’s best preserved mammoth for the first time in western Europe.”

Similar in size to a large dog, Lyuba was originally sent to the Shemanovsky Museum Exhibition Complex in Salekhard, Russia.

Despite losing most of her woolly undercoat and hair, her body remains intact, with remnants of her mother’s milk remaining in her stomach.

  • Mammoths: Ice Age Giants is at the Natural History Museum from May 23 – September 7 2014.

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A photo of a man looking at a baby mammoth in a case underneath museum elephants
Professor Adrian Lister unveils Lyuba at the Natural History Museum© NHM, London
A photo of people in orange jackets holding a baby mammoth in snowy Russia
Scientists still research the mammoth to understand mammoth biology and behaviour© Shemanovsky Museum - Exhibition Complex
A photo of people in white coats in a lab looking at a dead baby mammoth on a floor
The one-month-old infant has never been seen in Western Europe before© RIA Novosti
A photo of a man looking at a baby mammoth in a case underneath museum elephants
The Ice Age exhibition opens this week© NHM, London
A photo of scientists in white coats holding a dead mammoth upright on a table in a lab
Lyuba in the lab© Shemanovsky Museum - Exhibition Complex
A picture of a painting of a baby woolly mammoth walking across a grassy landscape
An illustration of what Lyuba might have looked like more than 40,000 years ago, by Velizar Simeonovski© The Field Museum, Chicago
A photo of a baby mammoth which looks like an elephant in profile
The baby mammoth is 85 centimetres tall and 130 centimetres long© International Mammoth Committee / Francis Latreille
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