The other day, I suddenly remembered a book I had read, years ago. It said that wooly mammoths have been found, well preserved, frozen in ice.
One story claimed that a team of researchers had found a frozem mammoth in the early part of this century. It looked pretty fresh to them, and being pretty hungry, decided to butcher it. The meat was a bit spoiled, so they fed it to their sled dogs.
The book also said that the mammoths somtimes appeared to have been “taken by surprise” when frozen. Some of them even had food in their mouths. But I can’t recall what the book said about how that happened.
Flash flood, maybe? But wouldn’t there be a lot of sediment in the ice? Maybe it fell into a crevice filled with freezing water?
Sorry if the question seems silly, but I can’t find anything on the subject in my library, or the SDMB archives, and I’m getting really curious.