10000-Year-Old Bison Mummy Could Provide Clues to Species Extinction

November 9, 2014 8:33 PM

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Way back in 2011, people from the Yukagir tribe in northern Siberia discovered the remains of the steppe bison (Bison priscus), an extinct ancestor from the modern bison that also roam the flatlands of The United States and northern Europe. The perfectly maintained bison was moved to the Yakutian Academy of Sciences in Siberia, where scientists aims to perform an autopsy on the animal.

Olga Potapova, the collections curator and manager at the Mammoth Site of Hot Springs in South Dakota, who helped study the ancient mammal said, “Over the years, several other steppe bison mummies have been discovered but none was as well-maintained as the Yukagir bison mummy, that was discovered wi...

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