39,000 years old cave bear has been fully protected in Siberia


The 39,000-year-old cave bear has been fully protected and scientists have discovered ‘world importance’ while stopping its TETH in Siberia.

  • Russian scientists found preserved remains of an adult cave bear and a cub
  • Only bones have been discovered of prehistoric species that lived in Eurasia
  • Today two have been discovered by Russian expert as ‘world importance’

Russian scientists have discovered 39,000 years old fully protected cave bears and cubs in Siberia.

So far, the only bones found have been cave bears, a prehistoric species or subspecies that lived in Eurasia about 300,000 to 15,000 years ago.

Two discoveries found on different digs were today viewed by a Russian expert as having ‘world importance’.

The soft tissue of the adult cave bear – Ursus spallius – was preserved for thousands of years in its permafrost grave.

The first complete corpse of a cave bear is currently discovered in Yakutia, Setia, for about 39500 years.

Russian scientists have detected two complete cave bear carcasses – an adult (right) and a cub (left) – while on an excavation in Siberia

Image: Fully protected head of adult cave bear discovered by Russian scientists in Siberia

Image: Fully protected head of adult cave bear discovered by Russian scientists in Siberia

This means Russian scientists – who are trying to bring back the extinct woolly mammoth – are optimistic about finding DNA for Ice Age hunters.

Scientist Dr. Lina Grigorieva said of the adult animal: ‘Today it is the first and only discovery of its kind – an entire bear carcass with soft tissues.

‘It is fully preserved, having all the internal organs.

‘The photographs show the bear’s nose intact.

‘Earlier only skulls and bones were found.’

He told The Siberian Times: ‘This discovery has great significance for the whole world.’

The remains were found by reindeer herds on a remote island and have been analyzed by scientists at Russia’s North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) in Yakutsk, the forefront of research into extinct woolly mammoths and rhinoceros.

Image: Fully protected head of adult cave bear discovered by Russian scientists in Siberia

Image: Fully protected head of adult cave bear discovered by Russian scientists in Siberia

Dr. from the University’s Institute of Applied Ecology of the North. Foreign scientists will be invited to join the study, Grigorieva said.

Senior researcher of biological research at the Mammath Museum Laboratory in Yakutsk, Drs. Maxim Cheprasov said, “Radiocarbon analysis is necessary to determine the correct age of the bear.”

For now the adult is thought to date from 22,000 to 39,500 years ago.

Scientists in Yakutsk – the world’s coldest city – will reveal more details about the cube that was found in the melting of permafrost on the Russian mainland in Yakutia.

In recent years there have been major discoveries of mammals, woolly rhinoceros and other extinct species in the form of Permafrost Thames in Siberia.

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