Scientists hope frozen mammoth will shed light on climate change

The frozen carcass of a 37,500-year-old baby mammoth undergoing tests in Japan could finally explain why the beasts were driven to extinction - and shed light on the history of global climate change, scientists said Friday. The calf - unearthed in May by a reindeer herder in northern Siberia's remote Yamal-Nenets autonomous region - is virtually intact and even has some fur, though its tail and ear were apparently bitten off. "This is what we've all been waiting for - the chance to explain everything about the mammoth," said Prof. Naoki Suzuki of the Jikei University School of Medicine, who is leading the first leg of an international study of the carcass's structure. "Our findings will be a big step toward resolving the mystery of their extinction," Suzuki said at a press conference in Tokyo.