3,500-year-old bear frozen in permafrost finally studied scientifically

The fully fossilized and in excellent condition carcass of the animal discovered in Siberia was examined by the researchers, who were able to examine in particular the brain and internal organs.

It’s a major scientific discovery. In Siberia, researchers recently managed to autopsy a brown bear that was preserved in permafrost for almost 3,500 years. This prehistoric animal remained in full motion mummified for several millennia and would be the most complete specimen of that period known to date.

Discovered in August 2020 on Bolshoi Lyakhovsky Island, part of Russia’s New Siberian archipelago, this bear has been the subject of numerous analyzes by researchers at the North-Eastern University of Yakutsk, Maxisciences reports.

For the first time, scientists got a carcass of such an animal with soft tissues, which gave us the opportunity to examine and examine the internal organs the brain” rejoiced Maxim Cheprasov, head of the laboratory at the Lazarev Mammoth Museum Laboratory.

One meter fifty and 77 kilos

According to the teams’ findings, this bear was a three-year-old female before she suddenly lost her life from a violent blow, likely a collapse of a block of permafrost. The animal weighed 77 kilos and was 1.50 meters tall.

baptized”Ethereal Brown Bear”, the mammal’s fossilized carcass was named after the Bolshoy Etherican, the river near which it was found 5,200 kilometers from Moscow. Images of this extraordinary investigation, circulated on social networks, have already received hundreds of thousands of views on the various platforms.

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