Mummified Prehistoric Wolf Head Found in Siberia
OutdoorHub Reporters 06.13.19
A mummified prehistoric wolf head was discovered on a beach in Siberia, and scientists believe it could be dated over 40,000 years.
A report from The Siberian Times says a local man found the ancient wolf head with its fangs, brain, and fur still incredibly intact along the Tirekhtyakh River. The wolf, which was discovered in a layer of melting permafrost, was fully grown and aged from two to four years old (roughly) when it died.
Evidently, this thing was enormous too! The head measured 15.7 inches in length, compared to a modern wolf’s head which measures only 9.1 to 11 inches.
“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,” Albert Protopopov, from the Republic of Sakha Academy of Sciences said.
This incredible discovery was announced during the opening of a Woolly Mammoth exhibit in Tokyo, Japan, however it sounds like further DNA testing on the Pleistocene predator will take place at the Swedish Museum of Natural History.
Here’s the first recorded video of the ancient mummified wolf head: