Until now, only cave bear bones and skulls had been found. According to scientist Lena Grigorieva from the Northeast Federal University in Yakutsk, the find is of global importance. All organs and even the nose are in place, she said in a statement. Researchers hope to obtain DNA.
The specimen, which is estimated to have lived between 22,000 and 39,500 years ago, was found on the Lyachovsky Islands, between the Laptev Sea and the East Siberian Sea. The prehistoric cave bear (Ursus spelaeus) died out about 15,000 years ago, the university said. Further investigation should further specify the age of the carcass.
Melting permafrost in Siberia in recent years has uncovered remains of more prehistoric animal species, including mammoths, wool rhinoceroses and cave lion cubs.