We’ve all stretched the 5 second rule when food hits the ground, but not to 36,000 years! So, 10,000 years ago mammoths were roaming around Siberia doing what woolly mammoths do. When they died, their bodies were covered by permafrost and preserved without decay.
They slowly became extinct and their massive bodies remained frozen in what is now the Arctic. In the 1920s, people started running across the frozen mammoths that were so well preserved that they were edible! Some brave souls got a hankering for mammoth steak and found it to be edible but awful tasting with massive freezer burn. Not all anciently frozen meat is nasty, though. In 1979, scientists ran across a 36,000 year old baby bison frozen in Alaska.
They did some experiments on it and then one scientist carved out some meat from the bison and cooked himself some stew. The stew wasn’t only edible, but deemed “acceptable.”