39,000-year-old cave bear is discovered perfectly preserved in Siberia

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.

The first ever full carcass of a cave bear cub currently dated to approximately 39,500 years, unearthed in the extreme north of Yakutia, Siberia

The first ever full carcass of a cave bear currently dated to approximately 39500 years unearthed in Yakutia, Siberia

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

Pictured: The fully preserved head of the adult cave bear discovered by Russian scientists in Siberia

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