At first Lyuba’s well-preserved body suggests a mystery: scientists have determined that she was in good health and well fed when she died – so how did she end up frozen in time? Lyuba’s stomach contains important clues, as The Telegraph’s Richard Gray explains…
“Sediment was found packed inside the baby mammoth’s trunk, blocking the nasal passages, and also in the mouth and windpipe. The experts believe that it may have suffocated to death after becoming trapped in the thick mud that eventually encased the body, where it had gradually pickled and was preserved.”
And National Geographic News’s James Owen adds, “The oxygen-deprived environment of its final resting place, likely a watery marsh or bog, prevented decay and kept it intact save for only its tail and shaggy coat.”
But perhaps it isn’t so much of a mystery. Creationist mammoth expert Mike Oard, in his landmark 2004 work Frozen in Time, writes:
“Strangely, scientists investigating 3 woolly mammoths and 2 woolly rhinos, including the Beresovka mammoth, found they all died by suffocation. For a live animal to die of suffocation, it had to be buried rapidly or drowned.” [Emphasis in original]….
Lyuba’s near-perfect preservation and sediment-filled lungs are yet another evidence of catastrophic, watery burial – not the gradual effect of uniform processes….
According to the model of a post-Flood Ice Age (which Oard explains), the frozen mammoths we find today would have been preserved only a few thousand years ago.
By contrast, old-age scientists consider Lyuba to have died some 37,000 years ago. Yet even Alexei Tikhonov of the Russian Academy of Science notes, “When you look at [Lyuba], it’s hard to understand how she could have stayed in such good condition for nearly 40,000 years.”…
[Photo attribution: The Telegraph]