Perfectly preserved head of Ice Age wolf found in Siberia

Perfectly preserved head of Ice Age wolf found in Siberia
In this Sept. 6, 2018, photo, the head of an Ice Age wolf is seen after it was found during an expedition of the Mammoth Fauna Study Department at the Academy of Sciences of Yakutia near Belaya Gora, Abyysky region of Sakha Republic, Russia. Experts believe the wolf roamed the earth about 40,000 years ago, but thanks to Siberia's frozen permafrost its brain, fur, tissues and even its tongue have been perfectly preserved, as scientific investigations are underway after it was found in August 2018. (Albert Protopopov/Mammoth Fauna Study Department at the Academy of Sciences of Yakutia via AP)

Russian scientists have found the furry head of an Ice Age wolf perfectly preserved in the Siberian permafrost.

The head of a wolf, which died 40,000 years ago, was discovered in the Russian Arctic region of Yakutia.

Valery Plotnikov, a top researcher at the local branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said the animal belonged to an ancient subspecies of wolf that lived at the same time as the mammoths and became extinct alongside them. Scientists said it was an adult, about 25% bigger than today's wolves, but did not say whether it was male or female.

Plotnikov called the discovery unique because scientists previously only had found wolf skulls without tissues or fur, while this head has ears, a tongue and a perfectly preserved brain.

  • Perfectly preserved head of Ice Age wolf found in Siberia
    The head of an Ice Age wolf, at the Mammoth Fauna Study Department at the Academy of Sciences of Yakutia, Russia, June 10, 2019. Experts believe the wolf roamed the earth about 40,000 years ago, but thanks to Siberia's frozen permafrost its brain, fur, tissues and even its tongue have been perfectly preserved, as scientific investigations are underway after it was found in August 2018. (Valery Plotnikov/Mammoth Fauna Study Department at the Academy of Sciences of Yakutia via AP)
  • Perfectly preserved head of Ice Age wolf found in Siberia
    In this Sept. 6, 2018, photo, the head of an Ice Age wolf is seen after found during an expedition of the Mammoth Fauna Study Department at the Academy of Sciences of Yakutia near Belaya Gora, Abyysky region of Sakha Republic, Russia. Experts believe the wolf roamed the earth about 40,000 years ago, but thanks to Siberia's frozen permafrost its brain, fur, tissues and even its tongue have been perfectly preserved, as scientific investigations are underway after it was found in August 2018. (Albert Protopopov/Mammoth Fauna Study Department at the Academy of Sciences of Yakutia via AP)
  • Perfectly preserved head of Ice Age wolf found in Siberia
    Valery Plotnikov, Chief Researcher of the Mammoth Fauna Study Department at the Academy of Sciences of Yakutia, Russia, inspects the head of an Ice Age wolf, June 10, 2019. Experts believe the wolf roamed the earth about 40,000 years ago, but thanks to Siberia's frozen permafrost its brain, fur, tissues and even its tongue have been perfectly preserved, as scientific investigations are underway after it was found in August 2018. (Valery Plotnikov/Mammoth Fauna Study Department at the Academy of Sciences of Yakutia via AP)
  • Perfectly preserved head of Ice Age wolf found in Siberia
    Valery Plotnikov, Chief Researcher of the Mammoth Fauna Study Department at the Academy of Sciences of Yakutia, Russia, unwraps the head of an Ice Age wolf, June 10, 2019. Experts believe the wolf roamed the earth about 40,000 years ago, but thanks to Siberia's frozen permafrost its brain, fur, tissues and even its tongue have been perfectly preserved, as scientific investigations are underway after it was found in August 2018. (Valery Plotnikov/Mammoth Fauna Study Department at the Academy of Sciences of Yakutia via AP)

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Jun 14, 2019
There is no explanation of how the wolf's head was severed from the body of the animal. Was the wolf beheaded by ancient humans? More likely, the modern people who found the wolf cut off the head and left the rest of the carcass behind, hopefully re-covering it in snow and ice.

Jun 17, 2019
go to all the effort of severing the head from the body?
with whatever stone or bone tools were available?
then leave a valuable/useful fur pelt behind?
or all that meat, especially the tongue, cheeks & brains?
which are delicacies from any animal.

obviously this AP article is missing a lot of information.

you will need to go to the original source site to try & answer your questions.

it is easy to speculate.
then you have to have the maturity to accept you guessed wrong as new research uncovers new data.

& then again, do not be too disappointed if many questions remain unresolved.

it is common in archeology as all the other sciences, that much of the needed data is missing & may never be found.

no matter how advanced our technology.

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