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Still snarling after 40,000 years, a giant Pleistocene wolf discovered in Yakutia

By The Siberian Times reporter
07 June 2019

Sensational find of head of the beast with its brain intact, preserved since prehistoric times in permafrost.

The Pleistocene wolf’s head is 40cm long, so half of the whole body length of a modern wolf which varies from 66 to 86cm. Picture: Albert Protopopov

The severed head of the world’s first full-sized Pleistocene wolf was unearthed in the Abyisky district in the north of Yakutia. 

Local man Pavel Efimov found it in summer 2018 on shore of the Tirekhtyakh River, tributary of Indigirka.

The wolf, whose rich mammoth-like fur and impressive fangs are still intact, was fully grown and aged from two to four years old when it died. 

Pleistocene wolf

The wolf, whose rich mammoth-like fur and impressive fangs are still intact, was fully grown and aged from two to four years old when it died. Picture: Albert Protopopov

The head was dated older than 40,000 years by Japanese scientists.

Scientists at the Swedish Museum of Natural History will examine the Pleistocene predator’s DNA.

‘This is a unique discovery of the first ever remains of a fully grown Pleistocene wolf with its tissue preserved. We will be comparing it to modern-day wolves to understand how the species has evolved and to reconstruct its appearance,’ said an excited Albert Protopopov, from the Republic of Sakha Academy of Sciences. 

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Local man Pavel Efimov found it in summer 2018 on shore of the Tirekhtyakh River, tributary of Indigirka.

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

The astonishing discovery was announced in Tokyo, Japan, during the opening of a grandiose Woolly Mammoth exhibition organised by Yakutian and Japanese scientists. 

CT scan


CT scan


CT scan

CT scan of the wolf's head. Pictures: Albert Protopopov, Naoki Suzuki

Alongside the wolf the scientists presented an immaculately-well preserved cave lion cub. 

‘Their muscles, organs and brains are in good condition,’ said Naoki Suzuki, a professor of palaeontology and medicine with the Jikei University School of Medicine in Tokyo, who studied the remains with a CT scanner. 

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

Pleistocene wolf


Pleistocene wolf

‘This is a unique discovery of the first ever remains of a fully grown Pleistocene wolf with its tissue preserved.' Pictures: Naoki Suzuki

The cave lion cub named Spartak - previously announced - is about 40cm long and weighed about 800 grams. 

Scientists believe the cub died shortly after birth. 

The recent discovery follows that of the remains of three cave lions in 2015 and 2017 by the same team.

The cave lion cub named Spartak - previously announced - is about 40cm long and weighed about 800 grams. Pictures: The Siberian Times, YSIA

Spartak


Spartak


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Frozen cave lion cub

Comments (142)

Wow..the wannabe science scholars in this thread debunking and denying real scientists is amazing.
Sciencegeek, L.A.
11/06/2019 05:19
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Incredible find... For now Uyan a lion cub of Sibéria is in France .We can see him at "Chauvet cave" until september.Great for us..Thank you
Jocelyne, FRANCE
11/06/2019 03:58
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Evolution teaches one thing evolving into something else. There isnt any new or old information there its a dog people, these so called scientist better go back to grade school and learn the evolution lie agian
Scott Z, USA
11/06/2019 03:08
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Someone get this Keith guy a coffee.

My man. You're talking as if you know this for a fact. This "totally natural, foreseeable cyclical" bulls@#t is a political lie that was given to you. You know who I trust on this issue? Professionals in climate science, of which there is an overwhelming consensus that climate change + global warming are manmade and happening. Like, 99.6% kinda consensus.

Just apply an accurate scope to pre-history. Has the earth warmed and cooled? Yes. Over millennia. Not over decades. That's the difference, Keith.
Dani, USA
11/06/2019 02:31
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I HATE SCIENCE, its demonic now, poking its nose in every dead things business
town, country
11/06/2019 01:24
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My first reaction was ... a severed head ... I seriousily do not consider this a natural death occurrence ... maybe the lion cub, but certainly NOT the wolf head!
Marianne, Pennsylvania, USA
11/06/2019 00:40
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@bob : please stop breathing. Your brain already went ahead
Den, Germany
10/06/2019 23:51
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The fact that it was found because of melting permafrost is scary on it's own,what a find though !
Laurel, USA
10/06/2019 21:27
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Bob-United States:

First, "We" are doing NOTHING of the sort. Any "warming" of our planet is occurring NOT due to activities, behaviors or other causative factors perpetrated by the horrible, evil, careless and wanton creatures called "US". Any warming that is taking place on this planet is the result of ENTIRELY NATURAL and foreseeable cyclical patterns of the star around which it orbits
And Secondly, I doubt quite stringently that there were "Ranchers" who expected anything even resembling "compensation" for livestock lost from inventory due to attrition of theft by predators such as wolves and lions over four hundred centuries ago. Hell, Noah hadn't even floated a cork in the bathtub yet
Keith, Dallas Texas USA
10/06/2019 21:18
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Please correct the mistaken measurements of the wolf specimen's head. It is grossly mistaken.

Great share is this !! Thank You!
Robin L. DesJardins, United States
10/06/2019 21:08
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The international standard for recording dates is year, month, day.
Mark H., Canada
10/06/2019 20:58
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Please don't clone it!!
Ken, Dallas, USA
10/06/2019 20:58
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The world only 2019 yrs old. This false
Jebus, Nazareth
10/06/2019 19:29
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Wow its got better (and cleaner) teeth than me...
Blonde Monster, United Kingdom
10/06/2019 18:02
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I think it resembles a bear more than a wolf.
Carla, NY, USA
10/06/2019 17:38
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