Waking the Baby Mammoth

  Over 40,000 years ago, a healthy baby mammoth1 was born into a family group that took care of her. One month later, she died. This sad story does not end there, though. This tiny mammoth's body was found in May of 2007. She is the most perfectly preserved woolly2 mammoth ever discovered. Scientists hope she holds the answers to some of the biggest mysteries about mammoths and the world they lived in.

  This month on National Geographic Channel, watch Waking the Baby Mammoth. You will journey with researchers as they go back to where Lyuba, the baby mammoth, was found. She was discovered by a reindeer3 herder4 on a river bank5 in northwestern Siberia. Two mammoth experts study the place where she was dug up and explain more about the area.

  Then, you will see how detailed images of Lyuba's whole body are made with cutting-edge technology. Those images show that she was in perfect health when she died. Also, the dirt and other things that are found in her trunk6 and throat give researchers clues to how she died.

Waking the Baby Mammoth

  四萬多年前,一頭健康的長毛象寶寶誕生在一個悉心照顧牠的家族團體中。一個月後,牠卻死了。然而這悲傷的故事並未就此結束。這頭長毛象的小小軀體在2007年五月為人發現。牠是至今發現的長毛象中保存最為完善的一隻。科學家盼望牠能替長毛象的一些重大謎團以及牠們的生活環境提供解答。

  請觀賞本月份國家地理頻道的《娃娃長毛象》。您將會跟著研究人員回到發現魯芭這頭長毛象寶寶的所在地。一名馴鹿牧人在西伯利亞西北方的河岸找到了牠。兩名長毛象專家研究牠的出土之地,並且對該地區進行更進一步的解讀。

  接著,您將能一睹魯芭全身上下的詳盡圖像是如何用最先進科技繪製而成的。這些圖像顯示出牠身亡的時候健康良好。此外,在牠的象鼻與喉嚨所發現的塵土以及其它東西也提供研究人員其死因的線索。

《Building Your Vocabulary》
1. preserve vt. 保存;保護 (本文中以過去分詞作形容詞用)
This jar can preserve the food's flavor.
這個罐子能夠保存食物的風味。
2. mystery n. 神秘的事物,謎
The city of Atlantis remains a mystery.
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