The perfectly preserved remains of a prehistoric cave bear were discovered by deer on a remote island in the Russian Arctic.
The cave bear from the ice age was found in the melting permafrost zone of Bolshoi Lyakhovsky Island, the largest of the Lyakhovsky Islands, which are part of the New Siberian Islands archipelago off northern Russia. Even the bear’s nose and teeth are intact.
Scientists from the Northeastern Federal University in Yakutsk are examining the body, the Siberian Times reports. Initial analysis suggests that the bear is between 22,000 and 39,500 years old.
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Earlier, scientists were able to find the bones of cave bears, which disappeared 1
Scientists from the Northeastern Federal University assessed the find as innovative. In a statement from the university, researcher Lena Grigorieva stressed that “this is the first and only find of its kind – a whole bear carcass with soft tissues.”
More research will be undertaken on the bear’s remains.
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The preserved corpse of a cave bear was also found in Yakutia on the Russian continent, according to the university. Scientists hope to obtain DNA from the remains.
Russia’s remote regions continue to reveal their secrets. Earlier this year, for example, scientists discovered that a frozen bird found in Siberian permafrost was a 46,000-year-old lark.
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Woolly mammoth finds and other prehistoric remains such as woolly rhinos and cave lions have been made several times in the Siberian permafrost.
The Associated Press contributed to this article.
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