40,000-year-old Ice Age wolf head found in Siberia

40,000-year-old Ice Age wolf head found in Siberia”

The severed head is 16 inches (40 centimeters) long.

The head was found on the Tirekhtyakh river by locals hunting for lucrative mammoth tusks in the remote Siberian region of Yakutia a year ago.

The man, Pavel Efimov, handed the ancient head over to scientists, who dated it to over 40,000 years ago, or the end of the Pleistocene epoch, according to The Siberian Times.

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

The Pleistocene wolf's head is 40cm long, half of the whole body length of a modern wolf which varies from 66 to 86cm.

The reason the wolf's head was severed is not known, but it's unlikely to have been the trophy of an ancient hunter since early man only started to arrive in this part of northern Russian Federation around 32,500 years ago, it is believed.

The director of the department told the news network that the discovery is the first time an ancient wolf has been found after 40,000 years with its soft tissue still intact.

'We will be comparing it to modern-day wolves to understand how the species has evolved and to reconstruct its appearance'.

The wolf's head was found by locals looking for mammoth ivory.

Protopopov says that the head will have its brain scanned, with a team at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm preparing to analyse its DNA.

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

Earlier this year, scientists announced the discovery of liquid blood and urine within the frozen remains of a 42,000-year-old foal, also preserved in permafrost.

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