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Friday, Feb. 10, 2006

18,000 years in the making

Having been the centerpiece attraction at last year's Aichi Expo, the Yukagir Mammoth head is now on display in Tokyo, part of the "Yukagir Mammoth Museum" being held at the Fuji Television building. The remains of the woolly mammoth were discovered in 2002 in permafrost near Yukagir village, located in the northernmost region of the Russian Federation's Republic of Sakha. The mammoth is estimated to have lived about 18,000 years ago, and is thought to have been a mature male, aged 40-45 and weighing four to five tons.

"Yukagir Mammoth Museum" is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. through March 12 at the special event site (7th floor), Fuji Television building in Odaiba. The nearest station is Daiba Station on the Yurikamome Line. Tickets are 1,000 yen for adults, 700 yen for schoolchildren.

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