Discovery of 39,000-Year-Old Ice Age Bear’s Frozen Remains in Russia is Flawless

The discovery

The bear carcass was found by reindeer herders on Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island. It is the largest of the Lyakhovsky Islands, which are part of the New Siberian Islands archipelago that lies between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea.

A groundbreaking find

Scientists of the North-Eastern Federal University in Yakutsk, the premier center for research into woolly mammoths and other prehistoric species, hailed the find as groundbreaking as previously scientists only had been able to discover the bones of cave bears. This is the first ᴛι̇ɱe that scientists have seen such a bear with its teeth and even its nose intact.

How old is it?

A preliminary analysis indicated that the adult bear lived 22,000 to 39,500 years ago. A radiocarbon analysis to determine the precise age of the bear, scientists said.

Prehistoric species

The Cave Bears were said to be living in Europe and Asia during the Pleistocene age which is considered to be the period between 2,580,000 to 11,700 years ago. They went extinct about 24,000 years ago (some put it at 15,000 years ago).

An encouraging trend

The latest discovery is not an isolated one. In recent years, there have seen major discoveries of mammoths, woolly rhinos (in pic), Ice Age foal, several puppies and cave lion cubs as the permafrost melts across vast areas in Russia’s region of Siberia.