Global warming has an unexpected plus for science - it is actively opening up the world's treasury of ancient artifacts, which is permafrost. Over the past few years, the inhabitants of the Republic of Sakha have begun to find not bones, but practically whole bodies of animals that lived in the Pleistocene era. The latest amazing find is the head of a huge wolf that lived about 40, 000 years ago.
The find was made in 2018, on the banks of the Tirekhtyakh River, and it immediately attracted the attention of scientists by the fact that it was a whole, perfectly preserved head of an ancient predator. Fangs, skin, muscles, even the medulla - the wolf's head seemed to have been separated from the body yesterday and placed in the freezer. At the same time, the length of the find exceeds 40 cm, which adds interest - it is likely that the remains of an adult, already fully formed individual were at the disposal of scientists.
The value of the head found cannot be overestimated. Scientists will be able to understand how the predator lived, what ate the predator, what diseases tormented him. In the huge head, many different tissues are the source of DNA samples for comparison with other wolf populations. Representatives of science from different countries are queuing up for the opportunity to study the find - they hope that they will be able to learn something new about nature, climate and other living conditions in those distant times.