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    Still snarling after 40,000 years, a giant Pleistocene wolf discovered in Yakutia

    Still snarling after 40,000 years, a giant Pleistocene wolf discovered in Yakutia

    Sensational find of head of the beast with its brain intact, preserved since prehistoric times in permafrost.



    The Pleistocene wolf’s head is 40cm long, so half of the whole body length of a modern wolf which varies from 66 to 86cm. P





    The wolf, whose rich mammoth-like fur and impressive fangs are still intact, was fully grown and aged from two to four years old when it died.

    The head was dated older than 40,000 years by Japanese scientists.
    Scientists at the Swedish Museum of Natural History will examine the Pleistocene predator’s DNA.
    ‘This is a unique discovery of the first ever remains of a fully grown Pleistocene wolf with its tissue preserved. We will be comparing it to modern-day wolves to understand how the species has evolved and to reconstruct its appearance,’ said an excited Albert Protopopov, from the Republic of Sakha Academy of Sciences.
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