Have you ever been walking along somewhere and noticed something interesting looking on the ground? You walk over to investigate and find out it’s nothing more than a piece of garbage or some other innocuous object. It’s a pretty disappointing feeling. Well a recent find in Siberia, Russia will make you want to investigate everything you see. It is a pretty big find for the scientific community, who are abuzz with anticipation at the opportunity to research and study this amazing piece of history. What is it that has people from all over the world heading to Siberia you ask? Well it is two of the most well-preserved extinct animals ever found, two frozen cave lions!
This is Siberia. Located in Russia, it is considered one of the most inhospitable and unforgiving environments on the entire planet.
The two frozen cave lions were found in the Abyisky district, on the bank of the Uyandina River.
The two cubs have been named Uyan and Dina. They are considered by scientists to be the best preserved specimens of this species that has been extinct for 12,000 years!
The specimens were revealed to the press in the city of Yakutsk, the coldest city on Earth.
An actual permafrost cave was used as the location for the unveiling. The specimens were kept on slabs of ice. Scientists have said the cave is possibly reminiscent of the cave lions actual habitat when they roamed the Earth.
The permafrost of Siberia is to thank for the amazing condition the two cubs were found in. Scientists have said they estimate the cubs at around 12,000 years old, but they could possibly be even older!
I can’t imagine what it would be like holding a 12,000 year old piece of nature and history in my hands. It would be such a surreal feeling.
The cubs were found because of a summer rise in the river water levels. When the water subsided, it created landslides and cracks. Researchers saw an ice lens and some objects contained inside it. They decided to take a closer look.
These animals were almost literally frozen in time.
The amount of detail that is still present is quite amazing. The face is still fully recognizable.
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