The skeletons, which include a one-year-old baby, were discovered by builders in Siberia 15 years ago.
For the first time ever, museums are being offered the opportunity to exhibit an entire family of woolly mammoth skeletons thanks to an auction taking place in West Sussex, England today.
The prehistoric family consists of an adult male and female, an infant aged 8 or 9 and a young baby.
According to Summers Place natural history specialist Rupert van der Werff, the mammoths arrived at the auction house in 16 crates and had to be assembled ‘like a difficult 3D puzzle’.
The sale had been expected to fetch somewhere in the region of $500,000, however despite significant interest from museums the exhibit has yet to find a buyer.
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“Sadly, although there had been interest, none of the museums had managed to get the required funding in time and felt they were unable to bid,” said Summers Place curator Errol Fuller.
Source: Sky News