Friday, May 22, 2020

Semyon Grigoryev Top Mammoth Cloning Scientist Dead of Heart Attack


Scientist captivated by the dream of cloning wolly mammoths back to life

Siberian Times - May 9th, 2020 - We were devastated to hear that one of Yakutia’s youngest and most promising scientists, head of the Mammoth Museum in Yakutsk and a dear friend Semyon Grigoryev passed away from a heart attack aged 46.

‘Semyon Grigoryev’s heart stopped beating earlier today. News of his death deeply shocked everyone who knew and worked with him,’ said a long-term colleague, head of the Mammoth Fauna studies department of the Yakutian Academy of Sciences Albert Protopopov.

‘Semyon grew up in the Arctic village of Kazachye at the Ust-Yana district of Yakutia, the area where a large number of woolly mammoth fauna animals and mammoths were found, along with an endless number of mammoth tusks, so his deep passion to palaeontology was not surprising.

‘He grew to become a world famous palaeontologist with finds like the Malolyakhovskiy mammoth- the first and currently the only mammoth in the world with a fully preserved trunk and samples of soft tissues - which will be forever linked to his name.’