40,000-year-old severed wolf’s head discovered in Siberia

Clay Curtis
June 12, 2019

The head of a giant Pleistocene wolf was discovered in the Abyisky district in the north of Yakutia in July 2018 as recently released footage shows.

The snarling beast with its brain intact was found preserved in permafrost in the Yakutia region on Siberia.

The head was found on the Tirekhtyakh river by locals hunting for lucrative mammoth tusks in the remote Siberian region of Yakutia previous year. That's about half the size of a modern wolf's body, which can range from 26 inches (66 cm) to 34 inches (86 cm) long, according to The Siberian Times.

The reason for the wolf's head being detached is unknown, although scientists said it is unlikely to have been a trophy of a hunter as mankind only arrived in this part of northern Russian Federation around 32,500 years ago.

The predator with a thick "mammoth-like" coat and impressive fangs seems to have been larger than today's Siberian wolves.

It is reportedly the first ever remains of a fully grown Pleistocene wolf with tissue this well preserved.

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As The Siberian Times is reporting, this is the first time any intact part of a full-sized Pleistocene wolf has been found and - boy oh boy - is this head intact.

The animal's teeth incredibly remain in tact, Photo / NAO Foundation / Naoki Suzuki.

Protopopov says that the head will have its brain scanned, with a team at the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm preparing to analyse its DNA.

Albert Protopopov, director of the department, told CNN that while frozen wolf cubs had been unearthed in the past, the discovery of an adult wolf's head was novel.

Earlier this year, scientists announced the discovery of liquid blood and urine within the frozen remains of a 42,000-year-old foal, also preserved in permafrost.

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