In Siberia, local reindeer herders found a mummy of a bear belonging to a species that went extinct 15 thousand years ago. These animals lived in caves. Permafrost contributed to the preservation of the mammal's body in good condition.
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The bear mummy is being studied by a group of Russian scientists from Northeastern State University in Yakutsk. They believe that this find is a real breakthrough for world science, since previously only the bones of such an animal were found. The carcass froze into the ground, while low temperatures ensured the safety of wool, teeth, nose and all internal organs. Experts will try to determine the exact age of the mammal using radiocarbon analysis.
The animal belongs to the prehistoric species of cave bears Ursus spelaeus, these representatives of the terrestrial fauna lived in Eurasia and became extinct about 15 thousand years ago. The age of the find itself, according to preliminary estimates, is about 39 thousand years, writes the Siberian Times.