According to media reports, a 40000-year-old Russian wolf head was discovered in eastern Siberia. Its teeth and fur were well preserved due to the permafrost environment.
Locals looking for mammoth tusks found the remains on the banks of the Tirekhtyakh River in Yakutia and brought them to the mammoth research department of the Academy of Sciences of the Sakha Republic in Russia.
Albert Protopov, director of the department, said that although frozen wolf pups have been found in the past, it is still novel to find the head of an adult wolf.
He said, “This is the first time that an ancient adult wolf head has been discovered. What is particularly valuable is that its soft tissues are still well preserved after 40,000 years.”
The scientists are now building a digital model of the brain and skull interior for further study. A research team in Stockholm is also analyzing wolf DNA.
Protopov said that as the earth warms, more animal remains will appear in the area. “As the permafrost continues to melt, the number of discoveries is increasing.”
It is reported that earlier this year, scientists announced that blood and urine were found in the frozen corpse of a 42,000-year-old foal. It is reported that the foal was found in the frozen soil of the Verkhoyansk region in the West Maria region.