The downside to being preserved for posterity

We have found only 17 mammoth specimens that are more than half complete with their soft parts preserved. All but one died a horrible death.

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  1. It's pretty moot, since these guys have been gone a long time. But don't you think Smilodon beats slowly drowning in mud? I know which one I'd pick, if I had a time machine, and it didn't have a Hitler button, and it turned me into a mammoth.

  2. If you insist. This one died gasping so hard that its lungs were filled with glitter.

  3. From the title, I thought that TFA would have information that would make me reconsider my wish to be preserved as a fern stand/coat rack...

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