The first corpse of a cave bear found in the frozen soil of Siberia

The first corpse of a cave bear found in the frozen soil of Siberia

It is a prehistoric species that lived in Eurasia in the middle and late Pleistocene and became extinct about 15,000 years ago

The first corpse of a cave bear found in the frozen soil of Siberia

Remains of the corpse of a cave bear cub have turned up for the first time in the Siberian region of Yakutia. They have been preserved by the cold and the find opens the hope of being able to obtain their DNA. “It is of great importance to everyone , scientist Lena Grigorieva, one of Russia's leading experts on extinct species from the Ice Age, said in a statement.

“Today, this is the first and only find of its kind: a cave bear carcass complete with soft tissue. It is fully preserved , with all internal organs in place, including the nose. Previously, they had only been found skulls and bones, “he explained.

It was reindeer herders who found the remains, which will be analyzed by scientists at the Northeast Federal University (NEFU) in Yakutsk, which is at the forefront of research on woolly mammoths and extinct rhinos.

Prehistoric species

The cave bear ( Ursus spelaeus ) is a prehistoric species or subspecies that lived in Eurasia in the Middle and Late Pleistocene and became extinct about 15,000 years ago . According to preliminary suggestions, the recovered bear can live in the Karginsky interglacial (this was the period between 22,000 and 39,500 years).

Radiocarbon analysis is necessary to determine the precise age of the bear,” said lead researcher Maxim Cheprasov , from the Mammoth Museum laboratory in Yakutsk.

A scientific program will be prepared for your comprehensive study. We will have to study the carcass of a bear using all modern scientific research methods: molecular, cellular, microbiological genetics and others.

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