We follow French explorer Bernard Buigues, who spearheaded the airlift of the Jarkov Mammoth's permafrost block in October 1999, as he organizes the largest expedition ever undertaken to collect animal remains of the Pleistocene era (some 2.3 million to 10,000 year ago). Eleven two-man brigades descend upon the Taimyr Peninsula in search of ancient bones and tusks scattered across the almost inaccessible landscape. Several scientists from Buigues' team, comprised of 37 experts from around the world, join him onsite during the expeditions. While the two-man teams search the peninsula researches install a makeshift laboratory in the Khatanga, Siberia ice cave housing the permafrost block with the Jarkov Mammoth's remains, which the scientist have determined was a mature 47 year old male that died in either late winter or early spring. The remains must be maintained in this frigid lab to protect against decomposition.
Working in average temperatures of 5 degrees Fahrenheit and using blow dryers to painstakingly defrost the first few inches of five (out of 20) sections of the specimen, the scientist discover fur and under fur, soft tissue, two ribs, and four vertebrae. For the first time they are able to study the flora and fauna trapped in the mammoth's hair and the sediment surrounding the creature when it died.
LAND OF THE MAMMOTH interweaves scientist's discoveries with computer animation that shows where woolly mammoths came from and how the Jarkov Mammoth lived near the top of the world 20,380 years ago. The program draws on the expeditions' abundant findings - they collected more than 1,000 remains of Pleistocene wildlife - to explore how mammoths' grazed surrounded by musk ox, horse, Ice Age reindeer, steppe bison, wolves and more.
n La Tierra del Mamut del Discovery, los exploradores y los científicos afrontan los elementos árticos para destapar nuevas pistas sobre la vida del mamut lanoso, y exhiben un tesoro de pruebas adicionales sobre la vida de mamuts en la Península Taimyr hace 20,000 años. Las colosales crónicas de La Tierra del Mamut constan de dos expediciones a la Península Taimyr de Siberia del norte, en agosto/septiembre y en octubre de 2000.