Reindeer Herders Discover First-Ever Preserved Extinct Ice Age Cave Bear in Russia

Reindeer herders have just discovered a perfectly-preserved extinct ice age cave bear in the Russian arctic, this is…
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Reindeer herders have just discovered a perfectly-preserved extinct ice age cave bear in the Russian arctic, this is the first-ever in the world. The remains of an Ice Age cave bear were found on Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island in the Siberian Republic of Sakha. The bear was kept in ice to preserve all its organs, giving scientists the opportunity to carefully study extinct animals.

The age of the remains is yet to be known as Radiocarbon dating hasn’t been completed. However, some scientists suggest the remains are about 39,000 years old. In North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk, scientists are excited about the discovery. In the past years, only decayed bones and skulls of the cave bear were found until now.

According to one of the leading experts in Ice Age species in Russia, this is the first-ever preserved extinct ice age cave bear found. A whole bear carcass with soft tissues like this has never been found, what a great importance!

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Another scientist from the Yakutsk’s Mammoth Museum laboratory said that they will prepare a scientific program to have a comprehensive study of the bear.  This will help scientists know more about this animal and how it lived.

We will have to study the carcass of a bear using all modern scientific research methods—molecular genetic, cellular, microbiological, and others.

Maxim Cheprasov

Recently, a perfectly-preserved cave bear cub of this same species was discovered separately. The most common cause of mortality for creatures who have no natural predators could be death during hibernation. The major cause of the animals’ disappearance was human-caused extinction and climate change.

According to Times, Permafrost melts in Siberia have made major discoveries in paleontology. These discoveries include woolly rhinos, cave lions, preserved carcasses of mammoths, and Ice Age foals. These discoveries are indeed proof that the world is still a wonderful place.

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