Prehistoric wolf head found perfectly preserved in Russian Federation

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 12, 2019

According to a study conducted by Japanese scientists, the 2 -4 yo wolf, whose fangs and fur are still intact, is estimated to have died 40,000 years ago.

Still covered in thick fur and sporting a vicious-looking set of fangs, the 15-inch head was found on the Tirekhtyakh river by locals hunting for mammoth tusks in the remote Siberian region of Yakutia previous year.

Local resident Pavel Efimov found the well-preserved head of the world's first full-sized Pleistocen wolf in the permafrost near the Tirekhtyakh River in the Abyisky district located north of the city of Yakutia last summer.

"The number of discoveries is growing because of the thaw of the permafrost", he said.

The wolf, brain in tact, dates from more than 40,000 years ago.

Albert Protopopov, director of the department, told CNN that while frozen wolf cubs had been unearthed in the past, the discovery of an adult wolf's head was novel. The wolf was between two and four years old when it met its end.

Scientists at the Swedish Museum of Natural History will examine the Pleistocene predator's DNA, reported The Siberian Times.

Working with Russian scientists, they plan to compare the animal's genetic make-up and morphology to the wolves of today.

It is reportedly the first ever remains of a fully grown Pleistocene wolf with tissue this well preserved. "We've never seen an Ice Age wolf in the flesh before and this is a huge specimen".

The snarling beast with its brain intact was found preserved in permafrost in the Yakutia region on Siberia.

"We will be comparing it to modern-day wolves to understand how the species has evolved and to reconstruct its appearance". The head of the Ice Age wolf was unveiled at a woolly mammoth exhibition in Tokyo last week.

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