A local resident of Abyisky district in northern Yakutia, Siberia, made a captivating discovery last summer that was newly made public at the Miraikan National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo, Japan during the opening of its mammoth exhibit. The resident found the brilliant well-preserved head of an ancient species of Pleistocene wolf. Completely covered in fur and comes out with everything.
In a special report from Gizmodo, the following info was reported about the specifications of the hound:
The fully grown Pleistocene wolf was around two to four years old when it perished. Images of the wolf taken by Albert Protopopov, a researcher at the Republic of Sakha Academy of Sciences, show clumps of thick fur on its head, an immaculate snout, and a terrifying set of fangs. The head is enormous, measuring 15.7 inches (40 cm) in length. A modern wolf’s head measures only 9.1 to 11 inches (23 to 28 cm).
It goes on to explain what the study hopes to explore:
Meachen, a specialist in the evolution and geographical spread of ancient wolves, said the the preserved brain will be especially interesting to study. The soft tissues, she said, could provide new insights into these creatures, since those are not usually preserved in the fossil record. The researchers might even be able to do some interesting work with the tissue inside the nasal passages “in terms of what was for sensory (smelling) purposes and what was for thermoregulatory (heating and cooling) purposes,” said Meachen, who’s not involved with the research.
That’s is a very awesome find. It’s amazing that there is still so much to learn about the earth’s history and things live on it before us.
Check out the photos below: