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Claim CC361.2:

The bodies of mammoths that apparently froze suddenly have been found. Their flesh was well preserved, and they still had food in their mouths. This shows that they were quick-frozen in some sort of catastrophe.


Watchtower Bible and Tract Society, 1985. Life--How Did It Get Here? Brooklyn, NY, p. 203.


  1. The reports of frozen mammoths with well-preserved flesh are greatly exaggerated. Parts of cadavers have been well preserved, but in all cases, the internal organs were rotted, or the body was partly eaten by scavengers, or both, before the animal became frozen. The Berezovka mammoth, perhaps the most famous example, showed evidence of very slow decay and was putrefied to the point that the excavators found its stench unbearable (Weber 1980). The best preserved mammoth, Dima, was an infant; its small size and starved condition permitted quicker freezing, and even it had a little decomposition (Guthrie 1990, 7).

    There are probably several different causes of the deaths of frozen mammoths and other animals, including the following:
    The food found with the mammoths were arctic species. Some mammoth deaths would have been sudden, but there is no evidence of sudden climate change.

  2. Frozen mammoths are not common. As of 1961, only thirty-nine have been found with some flesh preserved, and only four of those were more or less intact (Farrand 1961).


  1. Farrand, William R., 1961. Frozen mammoths and modern geology. Science 133: 729-735.
  2. Guthrie, R. D., 1990. (see below)
  3. Kurtén, B., 1986. (see below)
  4. Weber, C. G., 1980. (see below)

Further Reading:

Guthrie, R. Dale, 1990. Frozen Fauna of the Mammoth Steppe. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Kurtén, Björn, 1986. How to Deep-Freeze a Mammoth. New York: Columbia University Press.

Weber, Christopher Gregory, 1980. Common creationist attacks on geology. Creation/Evolution 2: 10-25.
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