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A 3,500-year-old bear mummy has been found in Siberian permafrost

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“This discovery is unique: the complete carcass of a prehistoric brown bear,” he said. Reuters Maxim Chbrasov of Northeastern Federal University in Yakutsk.

Extreme temperatures in the region have helped preserve the bear’s soft tissues for 3,460 years. So are the remains of the last food the animal ate: bird feathers and plants. According to the description, the bear is 1.55 meters tall and weighs about 78 kilograms.

“For the first time ever, an animal carcass with soft tissues has reached the hands of scientists. Thus we have the opportunity to examine its internal organs and its brain,” Zebrasov describes.

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The scientist added, “The genetic analysis showed us that the bear does not differ in terms of mitochondrial DNA from the modern bear from northeastern Russia – Yakutsk and Chukotka.”

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According to him, the bear was two to three years old and died of a spinal injury. It is unclear how she got to the island, now separated from the mainland by a fifty-kilometer strait. Perhaps you crossed the ice, or swam across it, or the island was part of the mainland at that time.

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