Yokohama, Japan (CBS/RTV) -- A 39,000-year-old frozen woolly mammoth arrived in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, from the frozen lands of Russia on Tuesday (July 9).
The three-yard long female mammoth named Yuka was discovered three years ago in Sakha Republic in Russia. Japan's NHK said it was 10 years old when it died.
Three media companies, the Yomiuri Shimbun, Nippon Television Network Corporation, BS Nittere and a ticketing company, Pia, sponsored the exhibit to bring Yuka to Japan.
It was brought to the port city of Yokohama for a public exhibition as Japan enters summer and crowds thicken with families.
It is the first time the public gets a chance to gawk at a carcass whose body, but more importantly, fur is relatively intact.
"With this, we can dig deeper into the reasons why extinct species became extinct and apply the lessons learnt to the human race which might be facing its own dangers of extinction. I think it can help us learn to reflect more deeply about our own existence," mammoth expert Norihisa Inuzuka said.
Organizers said Yuka's organs are missing and disagreements within intellectual circles are rife whether they were extracted by humans long ago or by modern man using modern tools.
Scientists have made several attempts to revive mammoths using cells of remains since 1990s, none of them successful.
The exhibition lasts from July 13 and wraps up on September 16, 2013.