Dima was well-preserved when found, frozen in northeastern Siberia.
After discovery, the carcass began thawing at the mine site, and decay set in. After three days of exposure, Dima was taken into custody by Soviet authorities. The mummy was brought to Leningrad for treatment at the Institute of Zoology. Dima was soaked in benzene and then embalmed with paraffin, the treatment removed almost every trace of hair and blackened the skin from its natural light brown to black.
Radiocarbon dating determined that Dima died about 40,000 years ago. The organs of a mammoth are similar to modern elephants. However, one difference between modern African elephants and woolly mammoths is the size of their ears; a mammoth's ears are only one-tenth the size (Wikipedia, 2012).
Blonde fur covered Dima's body.
Traces of his mother's milk remained in his stomach.
He had apparently stumbled into a mud pit and drowned; silt, clay, and small particles of gravel were found throughout his digestive and respiratory tracts.
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