A Giant Head of a 40.000 Years Old Wolf Was Found in Siberia

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40.000 years old severed head of a wolf was found in the Siberian permafrost. This indicates that the giant animal was walking around during that time on the face of the Earth. The permafrost from Siberia where the wolf was found is in the region Yakutia. The head wolf measures 40 cm long, and it’s half the full length of a modern wolf. After the discovery, the scientists thought that the head of the wolf with its brain intact dates back to 40.000 years ago.

The Discovery

The discovery was made in the summer of 2018 by a local man named Pavel Efimov, in the Arctic Circle, near the Tirekhtyakh River. Scientists thought that this predator had a thick mammoth coat and teeth bigger than the wolves from Siberia today. They haven’t found the reason why the head is severed, but a theory is that maybe the wolf was the trophy of a hunter. There is a possibility in this theory because humans have arrived in the part of Northern Russia somewhere around 32.500 years ago.

Besides this, Dr. Albert Protopopov, who works as a Russian scientist, says that the discovery is unique. It’s the first discovery of remains of a fully grown wolf from the Pleistocene that has tissue preserved. After the discovery, the scientists from the Swedish Museum of Natural History have examined the DNA and comparison to the modern day wolf is being made. It’s essential to find out how this species has evolved over the years and to reconstruct its appearance.

However, the discovery was recently announced at an exhibition of remains of frozen species from Tokyo. In the presentation, the remains of a mammoth will be found, and a cave lion called Spartak. The cave lion has been found at the same time as the giant wolf head.

Finally, after some CT scans made in Tokyo by a professor at Jikei University School of Medicine, Naoki Suzuki, he said that the muscles, organs, and brains are in good condition at both the wolf and the lion. Also, they will compare them with the wolfs and lions from today to find out more.


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