Now the prickly rodent lives no closer than 2,000 kilometres away, but its remains - recently dated - are scattered in caves of the Altai Mountains.
Slacklining 85 metres about the ground between two giant volcanic pillars in this Krasnoyarsk nature reserve.
Military tests in minus 30C to check performance of equipment and personnel in toughest of conditions.
Kondyor Massif's breathtaking shape was formed 'either by volcanic activity or an impact meteorite'....Or was it?
Unique crouched burials for this period - comprising seriously ill quartet - presents archeologists with a puzzle.
Decline in consumption of venison and fresh river fish along with cut in distances covered on nomadic pasture routes ushers in modern curse.