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Severed head of 30,000-year-old wolf found intact in Siberia
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A severed head of a wolf estimated to have died between 30,000 and 40,000 years ago was discovered in Eastern Siberia last year, giving scientists a rare opportunity to analyze wolf genealogy and evolution.
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Local resident Pavel Efimov found the well-preserved head of the world’s first full-sized Pleistocen wolf in the permafrost near the Tirekhtyakh River in the Abyisky district located north of the city of Yakutia last summer. Because the beast's fur and fangs are still intact, researchers at the University of Sweden are able to analyze tissue from the wolf, something that's usually not preserved in the fossil record.
“This discovery is amazing,” Julie Meachen, a vertebrate paleontologist and an associate professor at Des Moines University, said in an email to Gizmodo. “It made me want to go to Siberia and look for more Ice Age specimens. It looks like it died yesterday! We’ve never seen an Ice Age wolf in the flesh before and this is a huge specimen.”