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As for instant freezing, as claimed by Ted Holden, there is no evidence of that. Pfizenmayer was one of the scientists who actually recovered and studied the Berezovka mammoth.
The Berezovka mammoth shows evidence of having been buried in a landslide, the cold mud acting as preservative and the underlying permafrost completing the process by freezing the carcass. I was able to obtain his book, Siberian Man and Mammoth through interlibrary loan.
Preservation of the mammoth remains was somewhat different than has been imagined by the uninformed.
The mammoths were 'mummified', a process that is quite easily done in a cold environment.
Petersberg, had been frozen in a bank of diluvial ice on the slope of the river.
This ice bank was not (as Adams believed and stated in his description of the site of the find) the remains of the old drift-ice whose crevices had been filled with mud.
The food consisted of leaves and grasses, some of the later carrying seeds.
"Toll concluded that this particular Siberian ice was in no case recent, but was the remains of diluvial inland ice, which once covered the whole world, and then was gradually overlaid with earth, surviving to this day in the Arctic regions in ice-banks of varying extent. They proved that the animal had been preserved in the same way as Adams's mammoth, according to Toll, had been.
But its strength had apparently not been up to it, for when we dug it out still farther we found that in its fall it had not only broken several bones, but had been almost completely buried by the falls of earth which tumbled in on it, so that it had suffocated.
"Its death must have occurred very quickly after its fall, for we found half-chewed food still in its mouth, between the back teeth and on its tongue, which was in good preservation.
"Before I arrived at the site, Herz had partially dug away the hill of earth round the body, and so both the forefeet and the hind feet were exposed.
These lay under the body so that it rested on them.