The blood had dripped out of the giant animal into a natural ice capsule and it represents a dream discovery for researchers.
|Remarkable images show a test tube blood sample from a female of the long-extinct secies|
The find was made in temperatures of minus 10C on the New Siberian Islands - or Novosibirsk Islands, off the coast of the Republic of Sakha.
'We were really surprised to find mammoth blood and muscle tissue,' said Semyon Grigoriev, head of the Museum of Mammoths of the Institute of Applied Ecology of the North at the North Eastern Federal University.
'It is the first time we managed to obtain mammoth blood. No-one has ever seen before how the mammoth's blood flows'.
He explained: 'The approximate age of this animal is about 10,000 years old. It has been preserved thanks to the special conditions, due to the fact that it did not defrost and then freeze again.