Glacial epoch wolf head: 40,000-year-old severed wolf’s head maintained by permafrost found in Siberia – CBS News
A 40,000- year-old wolf’s head was discovered in northern Russia– with its ears, fangs, brain and tongue perfectly undamaged in the permafrost. Researchers believe the beast from the Glacial epoch came from a now-extinct subspecies of wolf that lived throughout the exact same era as mammoths.
The furry head of the wolf was discovered in the Russian Arctic area of Yakutia last summertime, according to a Russian newspaper, The Siberian Times The wolf’s head is about 40 centimeters (practically 16 inches) long, and the wolf was estimated to be in between the ages of 2 and 4 when it passed away.
” This is a special discovery of the very first remains of a fully grown Pleistocene wolf with its tissue maintained,” Albert Protopopov, a leading scientist at the Russian Academy of Sciences, informed the newspaper.
” We will be comparing it to modern-day wolves to comprehend how the species has developed and to rebuild its look,” he included.
The Associated Press reported scientists said the Glacial epoch wolf was about 25%larger than today’s wolves. Specialists at the Swedish Museum of Nature will even more examine its DNA, according to The Siberian Times.
The discovery was announced at the opening of a woolly mammoth exhibition at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Development in Tokyo