American scientists have completed the study of the remains of a young she-wolf found in the Yukon during the excavation of permafrost. They called this find the most complete surviving specimen of a wolf from the Ice Age. The age of Zhur, as the she-wolf is nicknamed in the local dialect of the T'ondek Khvech'in, is 57, 000 years old - this has been verified using radiocarbon dating, DNA sampling and oxygen isotopes.
The ur is so beautifully preserved that scientists were able to study all types of tissues in her body, including hair and undercoat, soft nose and sharp teeth. They looked inside the stomach and discovered that the ancient predator was 57, 000 years old.
ago, it ate chinook fish, like modern Alaska wolves at certain times of the year.
The excellent safety of the she-wolf is explained by her instant death, with a high probability this happened when the lair collapsed. She was immediately covered with frozen earth and ice, so the scavengers did not get to the body. However, the question arises - why was no one found near Zhur? Wolves always have several cubs in the litter, but Zhur died alone. Perhaps the she-wolf began to carry the cubs out of the hole one by one and did not manage to save only Zhur.
Such a find is all the more interesting because Alaska, unlike Siberia, is not at all rich in them. It took something unprecedented, like global warming, for the conditions here to begin to change, and the permafrost began to give away the curiosities hidden in it. By the way, the study of Zhur's DNA revealed its relationship with the extinct Berengi wolves and the existing gray Russian wolves. This is another proof of the existence in the past on the site of the Bering Strait isthmus, a natural bridge between Asia and America, along which animals migrated.