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Last Updated: Tuesday May 23 2006 16:42 GMT

Mammoth skeleton found in Siberia

The complete skeleton of a mammoth has been uncovered by fishermen in Siberia - which Russian experts say is a very rare find.

The remains emerged after flood waters in the area dropped.

Mammoths used to live in Africa, Europe, Asia and North America but died out around 10,000 years ago.

This particular creature appears to have died aged about 50 but it's backbone, skull, teeth and tusks have remained intact until the present day.

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A spokesperson from the museum which uncovered the mammoth said it was the most significant find they could remember.

However sadly the museum doesn't have the equipment or money to dig the skeleton out so will probably only remove parts of it.

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