X-Message-Number: 10660
Date: Fri, 30 Oct 1998 15:36:39 -0800 (PST)
From: Doug Skrecky <>
Subject: 21,000 year old animal remains from the permafrost

  Zimmerman MR.  Tedford RH.
  Histologic structures preserved for 21,300 years.
  Science.  194(4261):183-4, 1976 Oct 8.
  Histologic examination of rehydrated tissue samples from late Pleistocene
  (Alaskan) mammal mummies demonstrates that the preservative effect of
  freezing and drying extends to remains 15,000 to 25,000 years old. Some
  muscle and liver tissue retained identifiable histologic structures. Most
  tissues were completely disintegrated and partly replaced by masses of
  bacteria, an indication of considerable postmortem decay before the remains
  were entombed beneath the permafrost zone.

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