A local man discovered the severed head of a wolf that lived over 40,000 years ago.
According to the Siberian Times, the head was found by a local resident, Pavel Efimov, in 2018, though photos were not released until now. Reported to scientists at the time, the incredible discovery has just been announced by researchers studying the Ice Age mammal.
The head is also about 16-inches long, which Livescience.com says is roughly half the size of a modern wolf's entire body.
It's not known why the ancient canine's head was severed, but it's not likely to have been because of a human hunter. While Yakutia remains frozen throughout the year, climate change has made exploration in the region increasingly easy. He turned it over to the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Sakha, and Japanese and Russian scientists announced the find last week, reports the Asahi Shimbun. We will be comparing it to modern-day wolves to understand how the species has evolved and to reconstruct its appearance, " Protopopov told the Siberian Times.
Scientists are now building a digital model of the brain and the skull's interior for further study, Protopopov said. The wolf head went on display in Tokyo as part of an exhibition on woolly mammoths and other frozen creatures.
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"Their muscles, organs and brains are in good condition", said professor of paleontology and medicine Naoki Suzuki, who studied the remains with a CT scanner.
"We want to assess their physical capabilities and ecology by comparing them with lions and wolves of today". 5000-Year-Old Mummified Cats Uncovered From Egyptian Excavation Site in Cairo, View Pics.
The two incredible discoveries were displayed together at the Toyko exhibition.