Wooly mammoths date back to pre-historic times. Many remains have been found frozen in the tundra over the years. The tusks of these huge beasts have been measured up to 15 feet long and it is estimated an adult mammoth could weigh between 5 and 7 tons. Recently, researchers from Russia have unearthed the remains of a wooly mammoth that was deep in the permafrost. It was clearly visible that cuts had been made to its tusks and bones that show it was killed for food around forty-five thousand years ago. Although cave paintings of the wooly mammoth have been estimated to be up to 30,000 years old, this shows that humans were actually active about ten thousand years earlier in the Arctic regions than previously thought.
This wooly mammoth was approximately fifteen years old when it was killed near the Yenisei River Bay which is in the northern part of Siberia. Some of the remains included soft tissue which had been preserved in ice. It is still not officially confirmed that the wooly mammoth was killed by humans. However, due to the injuries that the wooly mammoth sustained, it is quite evident that it did have contact with humans and that it had been speared to use the meat for food.
A find such as this allows researchers to gain a much better understanding of when people were living in the Arctic and where they migrated. In addition, when the wooly mammoth skeleton was analyzed, it shows that the tongue was removed and it is surmised that this was considered to be a delicacy. The analysis has just begun and many more intriguing facts will undoubtedly be forthcoming.