You never quite know what you’re going to find when you are a reindeer herder. Recently, a group of those individuals managed to stumble into a cave, where they found a perfectly preserved cave bear. This was an unusual find because it was from the Ice Age!
Scientists now have an opportunity to take a closer look at the specimen. It was frozen solid, so the organs and even the nose were still intact.
Bolshoy Lyakhovsky Island in the Siberian republic of Sakha is where they found the animal. Scientists are using radiocarbon dating to get a close estimation of the age. At this point, they feel that the bear may have lived about 39,000 years ago.
Scientists at the North-Eastern Federal University (NEFU) in Yakutsk, Russia are very excited over the find. They have never been able to examine the skulls and bones of such a specimen in this grade of detail.
Maxim Cheprasov is one of the scientists from the Mammoth Museum laboratory in Yakutsk who spoke to Siberian Times and said that a comprehensive study will be prepared for a scientific program.
He went on to say: “We will have to study the carcass of a bear using all modern scientific research methods-molecular genetic, cellular, microbiological and others.”