39,000-year-old cave bear is discovered perfectly preserved and baring its TEETH in Siberia: Scientists hail a discovery of ‘world importance’
Russian scientists have discovered a 39,000-year-old perfectly preserved cave bear and cub in Siberia.
Until now, only bones have been found of cave bears, a prehistoric species or subspecies that lived in Eurasia from around 300,000 to 15,000 years ago.
The two discoveries, found on separate digs, were hailed today by a Russian expert as being of ‘world importance’.
The soft tissue of the adult cave bear – Ursus spelaeus – was preserved through tens of thousands of years in its permafrost grave.
Russian scientists have unearthed two full cave bear carcasses – one adult (right) and one cub (left) – while on a dig in Siberia
Pictured: The fully preserved head of the adult cave bear discovered by Russian scientists in Siberia