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Re: Mammoth meat
Christopher Zguris <email@example.com> writes:
> ...is it not likely that an animal as large as mammoth would
> suffer from decay even more rapidly long before anyone would eat it? Never
> mind the fact that the mammoth must have taken a long time to freeze in the
> first place...
Actually, this is not the case.
When people die of exposure to extreme cold, as happens every year to
one or two on the wintry slopes of New Hampshire's Mount Washington,
their bodies are often found to have frozen completely, without any
rotting, in the span of only a few hours. This rapid freezing is due
to a combination of low temperatures and high winds, whose chilling
effect greatly exacerbates the cold.
Mammoths lived in a climate much like that of Mount Washington in
winter, and that kind of freezing could be what happened. If the meat
had begun to spoil, the animal's stomach contents would have had time
to become substantially digested simply by the fact of their being
subjected to stomach acids (even after the animal died). That didn't
happen - very delicate flowers are found frozen intact in stomachs,
which is proof that the freezing occurred with astonishing rapidity.
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