Monday, 24 June, 2019

Alongside a River, a Most Fascinating Severed Head

A wolf's head found by locals looking for mammoth ivory is seen in an undated A wolf's head found by locals looking for mammoth ivory is seen in an undated
Deanna Wagner | 12 June, 2019, 23:35

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. Not even once. This is not true of a man named Pavel Efimov, who did exactly this previous year, while out looking for preserved mammoth ivory. The wolf was between two and four years old when it met its end.

The head is almost 16 inches long, nearly twice the size of the head of its modern-day descendant, the Gray wolf, at 9.1-11 inches.

Although a man who lives in the Abyisky district of Yakutia discovered the head on the shore of a river past year, the Times reported that the find was only recently announced at the opening of a woolly mammoth exhibit in Tokyo.

Remarkable: Russian scientist Dr Albert Protopopov said: 'This is a unique discovery of the first-ever remains of a fully grown Pleistocene wolf with its tissue preserved'.

Now, scientists at the Swedish Museum of Natural History will examine the DNA from the newly discovered wolf head and compare the genetic information to that of modern wolves, The Siberian Times reported.

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Although the discovery itself happened previous year, it was announced in early June at the opening of a woolly mammoth exhibit at the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo.

Additionally, scientists in the region are also studying an ancient lion cub that was found preserved in the same permafrost, CNN reported.

The animal's teeth incredibly remain in tact, Photo / NAO Foundation / Naoki Suzuki.

'We want to assess their physical capabilities and ecology by comparing them with the lions and wolves of today'.