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Mystery of the frozen Mammoths

Mammoths and Mastodons
Mammoths and Mastodons

For centuries, stories have been told of frozen carcasses of enormous, elephant-like animals called mammoths buried in the tundra of northeastern Siberia. The mammoth had huge tusks, sometimes more than 13 feet long. The word "mammoth" comes from "mamma" which means "earth" to the Yakut people of northeastern Siberia. This is were the theory that mammoths were simply large moles living underground. Some people even called them "ice-rats". People thought that when these mammoths surfaced and saw daylight, they died. Dr. Leopold Von Schreneck, chief of the Imperial Academy of Sciences at Petrograd (today's St. Petersburg, Russia), published the following account in 1869: "The mammoth is a gigantic beast which lives in the depths of the earth, where it digs for itself dark pathways, and feeds on earth."

But this is not the case. First of all, elephants of any kind do not live underground. Second, mammoths were not creatures that lived in arctic climate. They actually lived in a tropical or temperate climate because of what they found in their stomachs. The plants and grasses found in frozen mammoth stomachs were of tropical or temperate variety. Scientists even found the larvae of the Warble Fly in a frozen mammoth's intestine. This larvae is identical to those found in tropical elephants today. No one argues that the animals and plants buried near mammoths were adapted to the Arctic. Why do they think mammoths were adapted to the Arctic.

The Berezovka Mammoth, most famous, accessible and studied mammoth was found in a freshly eroded bank, 100 feet above Siberia's Berezovka River in 1900. What was amazing about this mammoth is in its mouth was grass which had been cropped, but not chewed and swallowed. The grass froze rapidly that it still had "the imprint of the animal's molars". About 24 pounds of undigested vegetation were removed from Berezovka and analyzed by Russian scientist V.N. Sukachev. He identified more than 40 different species of plants, herbs, grasses, mosses, shrubs, and tree leaves. Here is some conclusions on the findings. The presence of so many varieties of plants that generally grow much to the south indicates that the climate of the region was milder than that of today. The discovery of the ripe fruits of sedges, grasses, and other plants suggest that the mammoth died during the second half of July or the beginning of August. The mammoth must have been overwhelmed suddenly with a rapid deep freeze and instant death.

One possibility for frozen mammoths was during the worldwide flood when the "fountains of the great deep" (Genesis 7:11), jetted above the atmosphere where it froze into extremely cold hail. Within hours, mammoths, which could not have lived in today's Arctic climates or at Arctic latitudes, were buried alive and quickly frozen as this muddy hail fell back to earth in a gigantic hail storm. The Arctic latitudes changed soon after the Flood (Genesis 6-9).