Arctic Russia bears fully protected Ice Age cave


Reindeer herds have found a highly preserved corpse of an ice age cave bear in a Russian Arctic archipelago, researchers said on Monday.

The discovery – manifested as melting of parfrost over vast areas of Siberia – was discovered on Liaikowski Island with his teeth and even his nose. Previously, scientists were able to discover the bones of cave bears that had been extinct only 15,000 years earlier.

Scientists at the North-Eastern Federal University of Yakutsk found the major center for research into woolly mammoths and other prehistoric species as landslides.

In a statement released by the university, researcher Leena Grigorieva emphasized that “this is the first and only discovery of its kind – an entire bear carcass with soft tissues.”

He said, “It is fully preserved, including all internal organs, even its nose. This discovery is very important for the whole world.”

A preliminary analysis indicated that the adult bear lived between 22,000 and 39,500 years ago.

“Radiocarbon analysis is necessary to determine the exact age of the bear,” the university quoted researcher Maxim Cheprasov.

The bear’s carcass was found by reindeer shepherds on Bolshoi Liyakovsky Island. It is the largest of the Lyakhovsky Islands, part of the New Siberian Archipelago that lies between the Lappev Sea and the East Siberian Sea.

Around the same time, a well-preserved corpse of a cave bear cub was also found in another area of ​​the Yakutia mainland, the university said. It did not elaborate on its status, but noted that scientists were hoping to obtain its DNA.

The major discoveries of mammoths, woolly rhinoceros, ice age falls, numerous puppies and cave lion cubs in recent years melt permafrost.