The remains were found in Russia, the creatures turned out to be a jaw fragment of a giant flying squirrel

During excavations in 2012-2016 paleontologists found the remains of a mysterious creature in the caves Dry and Tetjuhina in the far East. Fossils turned out to be a jaw fragment of a giant flying squirrel, first discovered in Russia.

Останки найденного в РФ существа оказались фрагментом челюсти гигантской белки-летяги

This animal lived in Northern Indochina and South-East Asia 30-50 million years ago in the Pleistocene. At the least distance from the territory of Russia the remains of these creatures were spotted on the island of Honshu in Japan. For the first time in Russia they were found by paleontologists Michael Tiunov and Dmitry Gimranov. They found part of a fossilized jaw with teeth. To determine the name of the animal succeeded with the help of radiocarbon Dating. Through the investigation it became known that in the far East have unearthed the remains of giant flying squirrels Petaurista tetyukhensis. This discovery became the most Northern representatives of this species. The alleged cause of stay giant flying squirrels in the far East is changing weather conditions on Earth.

At that time the prevailing type of vegetation was considered to be taiga forests, the expert said Dmitry Gimranov Urfu. In the late Pleistocene, these animals lived in conditions characteristic of the current flying squirrels. Now members of the species Sciuridae settled in spruce forests at an altitude of 3000 m above sea level in the West of China. Its representatives eat the young shoots, nuts and leaves. According to scientists, due to the mountains of the Sikhote-Alin mountains some mammals have formed a new species.

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