The remains of a cave bear 39,500 years old found in Yakutia
For the first time, scientists managed to find the remains of a bear that died tens of thousands of years ago, with intact soft tissues. The remains were found on one of the islands of Yakutia. Scientists at Northeastern Federal University are hoping to extract the animal’s DNA, according to the university’s website. Until then, only the bones of cave bears were found.
– Today it is the first and only find of its kind – a whole bear carcass with soft tissues. It is completely preserved, all internal organs are in place, even the nose. Previously, only skulls and bones were found. This find is of great importance for the whole world, – said Elena Grigorieva, one of the scientists involved in the study. A reindeer breeder came across the remains.
The cave bears became extinct about 15,000 years ago. Preliminary analysis of the remains shows that this particular bear died between 22,000 and 39,500 years ago. Radiocarbon analysis will be carried out to clarify the date.